UK Publishers Ask Man Booker Foundation to Uninvite Americans

UK Publishers Ask Man Booker Foundation to Uninvite Americans

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In 2014, the UK’s top literary prize, the Man Booker award, changed its rules. It had previously only nominated novels by authors from Commonwealth countries and the Republic of Ireland. The rule change expanded nominations to include any English-language novel published in the UK.   This includes Americans, and therein lies the problem. In the four awards since the rule change, two Americans have won (George Saunders in 2017 for Lincoln in the Bardo, and Paul Beatty in 2016 for The Sellout). Richard Flanagan, an Australian, and Marlon James, a Jamaican, won the other two years.   Out of fear …

7 Books From 2017 ALREADY Being Adapted

7 Books From 2017 ALREADY Being Adapted

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Sup y’all. So we all know about upcoming adaptations such as Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, and Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. Old news. What you probably didn’t know is that the following rake of rip-rollicking reads are also set for screens great and small. Thanks to Bookbub for the original article that brought these gems to our attention!    1. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins    Image Via Goodreads    Amazon says:    A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same …

Why Is Nobody Talking About George Saunders’ New Amazon TV Show?

Why Is Nobody Talking About George Saunders’ New Amazon TV Show?

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George Saunders’ star keeps on rising this year, between winning the Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo and a new Amazon Prime pilot based on his short story “Sea Oak” dropping on Friday. Sea Oak stars Glenn Close and was written and co-executive produced by Saunders.   George Saunders pointing at a hat he’s wearing. | Image Via Literary Hub   Originally published in Pastoralia, “Sea Oak” follows the story of a woman, played by Glenn Close of 101 Dalmatians and Fatal Attraction fame, who’s killed in a home invasion and is so ticked off that …

George Saunders, American, Wins Man Booker Prize, UK’s Top Literary Award

George Saunders, American, Wins Man Booker Prize, UK’s Top Literary Award

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The 2017 Man Booker Prize will be awarded to George Saunders for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo. Saunders was the favorite to win UK’s top literary prize, his competition including Americans Paul Auster and Emily Fridlund, Brits Ali Smith and Fiona Mozley, and British-Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid.   Image Via Amazon   Lincoln in the Bardo follows the ghost of President Abraham Lincoln’s son Willie as he reckons with his own death. President Lincoln’s visits to his son’s grave are a prominent role in the story as well. One of the things that makes the book unique is …