Tag Archives: Man Booker Prize

Book Award Bingo?

If I had a little more time on my hands, or at least a little more patience, this would be the time to make up some cards for Book Award Bingo. Short lists are out this week from the National Book Critics Circle, The Tournament of Books, and my perennial favorite award ceremony, The Story […]

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Sunday Links, July 28, 2013

The long list for the Man Booker Prize has been announced. I’ve heard of only a few of these books, so this is an especially good reference for me. The winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced. You’ll find much more to add to your list of books and stories to read here. […]

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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist, or: Hilary Mantel’s Preakness Stakes

The Man Booker Prize judges have announced their shortlist, narrowing down their original dozen by half. It’s an interesting selection, made up—as the Booker website is eager to point out— of “two debut novels, three small independent publishers, two former shortlisted authors and one previous winner. Of the six writers, three are men and three […]

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The Booker Longlist: Not Safe, Not Conservative

So the longlist is out and not at all what I expected. So much for judges playing it safe and going with established names! I got two of my thirteen predictions, which is about par for the course. What does surprise me, though, is that several of these books weren’t even on my radar; usually […]

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Predicting the Booker Longlist

Welcome to the most self-indulgent thing I do all year long! Yes, it’s my annual list of Booker longlist predictions. I should warn you ahead of time that my track record is dreadful and I will most likely get two or three of my picks correct. But if nothing else, my yearly sifting through dozens […]

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Fourth Time’s the Charm: Julian Barnes Wins the Man Booker Prize

Julian Barnes has won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sense of an Ending, taking home the purse and, we hope, at least a small degree of satisfaction. This was his fourth time on the shortlist, and it’s anyone’s guess whether the sense of awful anticipation he described 24 years ago in […]

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Review of The Sisters Brothers at the Ploughshares Blog

Anyone who’s not regularly reading the book reviews over at the Ploughshares Blog needs to fix that right away. They feature short, snappy looks at work that falls slightly outside the mainstream, for the most part, and is all worth taking note of. I say “for the most part” because Patrick DeWitt’s The Sisters Brothers, […]

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Man Booker Longlist Announced

The Man Booker longlist for 2011 has been announced, and it’s an interesting assortment. No breakout favorites like last year’s Skippy Dies or The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet—in fact, none of the “Man Booker Dozen” had gotten enormous amounts of stateside buzz. Which makes the contest all the more interesting, of course, because […]

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

This was the week that packed the one-two punch of fall literary awards, with the Nobel Prize in Literature announced on Thursday and the Man Booker winner named yesterday. The Nobel ruffled no feathers this time around, with their choice of Peruvian writer and politician Mario Vargas Llosa. He’s a popular enough figure not to […]

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The Booker and Not

Some dark horse finalists have shown up on the Guardian‘s Not the Booker Prize shortlist… which is to say, the Man Booker shortlist has been announced. What was a fairly interesting longlist has been narrowed down to a slightly blander one, with a few favorites—David Mitchell’s The Ten Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Paul […]

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