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 …

10 Facts About Margaret Atwood

10 Facts About Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood, huh? She wrote The Handmaid’s Tale. She’s won some awards. I think she’s Canadian.   If your Atwood knowledge needs a little freshening up, look no further. We’ve got you covered. Here are the ten quirkiest facts about Atwood.   1. Both of her parents were scientists.   Atwood’s mother, Margaret Dorothy, was a dietician and nutritionist in Nova Scotia, and her father, Carl Edmund Atwood, was an entomologist who focused on forests in particular. Growing up, Atwood spent a lot of time in woods of Canada, where her mother would teach her and her siblings. At eight years …

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 …

2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Drops and Raises Eyebrows

2017 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Drops and Raises Eyebrows

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The 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist has been announced, and it’s somewhat surprising. The six novels are:   Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)   4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)   History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)   Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)   Elmet by Fiona Mozley (JM Originals, John Murray)   Autumn by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)   Among the surprises this year is the diversity of experience. George Saunders and Paul Auster are well-established American writers, though Lincoln in the Bardo is Saunders’s (excellent) first …

Top 5 Man Booker Picks From the Last 5 Years

Top 5 Man Booker Picks From the Last 5 Years

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The longlist for the Man Booker Prize is here with some big names, including Zadie Smith, Arundhati Roy, and Paul Auster. We look back at some of our favorite nominees from the past five years.   2012 “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce   Image Courtesy of Amazon   Joyce’s novel made the long-list this time five years ago, and is the charming tale of an elderly gentleman, Harold Fry, and the journey he somewhat unwittingly embarks on in order to visit a dying friend. The book won the National Book Award in the UK for New Writer of …