Ryan Kim 7/15/2013
Guesses about Carolyn Cole have been flying around since last week, and now things have taken a new turn.
Last week Carolyn Cole won the Inscriber Prize, the country’s biggest book prize, with her book Paper Soldier. Cole herself did not show up for the prize. It was not only the first time in history that a first-time writer won the prize, but also the first time that the winner did not appear.
Now here comes another “first time” for the Inscriber: Cole is not real. “She” is in fact Thomas Goode. Goode is known for his picture books. His best-known book, Blue Moon, won him two national book prizes and sold over one million copies.
Goode had tried to write “serious” books before. His first try was Parent, which came out in 2006. Sadly, Goode’s big name did not help, and there was little interest in Parent. Goode’s friend told NBN that he wanted to write a book under a different name. Goode thought that people might treat his book seriously if they did not know it was from a picture book writer.
For the moment, there has been no word from Goode yet.