Posted by Staff on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 9:05 am |
Every year I eagerly await the announcement of the Man Booker Prize shortlist, as there are sure to be several titles I’ve never read, but might like to read. The six books, selected from the 2010 Man Booker Prize longlist of 13 are:
Peter Carey Parrot and Olivier in America (Faber and Faber)
Emma Donoghue Room (Picador - Pan Macmillan) (Already 39 holds on CLAMS, which is pretty good for literary fiction!)
Damon Galgut In a Strange Room (Atlantic Books - Grove Atlantic) (Due out in the U.S. in November.)
Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question (Bloomsbury) (Curiously, already available as an e-book for the Kindle, but not in paper. As good a reason as any to take a trip to London and stop by a Waterstones! Yes, I know I can buy online from the U.K., but it isn’t as much fun!)
Andrea Levy The Long Song (Headline Review -Headline Publishing Group)
Tom McCarthy C (Jonathan Cape - Random House)
So what is the Booker Prize? According to the Dictionary of Literary Biography it is “the most prestigious literary award given in the United Kingdom and one of the two or three most esteemed such awards in the world”. Stop by the reference room and see the DLB volume Booker Prize Novels, 1969-2005 to discover more about all the authors who have won the prize, but may be new to you. There are certainly plenty of familiar names in the Booker Prize Winners ... Iris Murdoch, Penelope Fitzgerald, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ian McEwan for example. However, you also come across names not quite so familiar such as David Storey, Stanley Middleton, and P. H. Newby
For a fun take on the 2010 Booker Prize, check out Ron Charles video. Ron Charles is the fiction critic for the Washington Post.
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