Obama Reveals His 2019 Reading List

Obama Reveals His 2019 Reading List

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Every December, former US president Barack Obama reveals his reading list, a compilation of books that stood out to him that year. Obama is known for reading voraciously and widely, so his reading list is always an interesting read in itself. This year Irish author Sally Rooney’s hit novel Normal People appeared alongside Bernadine Evaristo’s Man Book Prize-winning book Girl, Woman, Other as well as non-fiction titles such as Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep and Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino. Check out his full list below!       The Age …

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features Youngest Ever Shortlist Nominee

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features Youngest Ever Shortlist Nominee

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The 2018 Man Booker Prize shortlist was just announced celebrating six phenomenal authors around the world.   The authors included on the list derive from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The novels themselves are just as diverse, ranging from a lexicographer on the search to find her missing mother to a WW2 veteran with PTSD on the journey to find peace in a post-war paranoid America in a narrative that is reminiscent of a film noir.    The shortlist was decided upon by a panel of five judges including philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, crime writer Val …

The Next Man Booker Prize Winner Could be a Graphic Novel

The Next Man Booker Prize Winner Could be a Graphic Novel

This year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction longlist includes a graphic novel for the very first time. The novel in question is Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina, which has been praised as “the best book—in any medium—I have read about our current moment” by none other than bestselling novelist Zadie Smith.       Image Via The Guardian     The novel chronicles the aftermath of a young woman’s disappearance (the titular Sabrina), as her grieving boyfriend and a U.S. Air Force Airman fall down the rabbit hole of conspiracy surrounding what became of her. Should Sabrina win the prize, not only will it be …

‘The English Patient’ Wins Golden Man Booker Prize

‘The English Patient’ Wins Golden Man Booker Prize

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Congratulations to Canadian novelist Michael Ondaatje, whose book The English Patient won the Golden Man Booker Prize on July 8th! For any book-lover, it goes without saying that the Man Booker Prize is one of the most important awards for novels written in English. The Golden Man Booker Prize aims to re-award the most distinguished  Booker Prize-winning works in the past fifty years. Ondaatje’s The English Patient won the prize in 1992 for its great portrayal of the society and mentality during World War II. Defeating the other four works nominated, The English Patient got 9,000 votes and became the winner of The Golden Booker Prize. …

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Philip Roth Dies Aged 85

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Philip Roth Dies Aged 85

Winner of a multitude of literary prizes including the Pulitzer, Man Booker, and two National Book Awards, Philip Roth has died at 85. His death ending an era in American literature. Some of his most popular works include American Pastoral, The Human Stain, and Portnoy’s Complaint.    Image Via L’Express   The New York Times reported that he had died of congestive heart failure.   During his career, Roth was able to explore many versions of himself through his literature, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. He explored what it meant to be an American, a Jew, a writer, and …