The New Yorker’s New York editors had been waiting for the New York Review of Books to take the title Best New Books of 2017 for its new edition.
In a tweet, the Times editors said, “The New York Observer’s Best Books of 2018 has been selected by the New Yorker as the best new book of the year.”
But when the NYT’s editors looked up the book, they found that the book had been published by a publisher called Dixie State University, not the New Jersey university it’s purported to be.
(This wasn’t the first time that Dixie was used as the title of a best-seller.
It was used for an earlier edition of the New Statesman in 2013.)
As the Times pointed out, Dixie’s publisher had given it the title “for being a small, small, tiny college that prides itself on having the best students in the world.”
The New Jersey Times didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Times did publish a note saying that the title was taken from the cover of the book and that Dixons students were “so smart, so dedicated, so driven” that “the school is literally in their blood.”
It noted that DIXON students are also “proud to have played an important role in the creation of the American economy.”