Atwood and Rushdie Make Highly Anticipated Booker Prize Shortlist

Atwood and Rushdie Make Highly Anticipated Booker Prize Shortlist

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Previous winners of the prestigious Booker Prize, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, join four other exciting authors on the Booker Prize shortlist this year.   Images via Amazon Atwood won the prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin, and she’s back in contention for her much-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Her latest book, The Testaments, is set to release next week, and it’s already turning quite a few heads. Peter Florence, chair of this year’s judges and one of the few people to have read The Testaments, described the book as “a savage and beautiful novel that speaks to us today with …

1,020 Page Book Composed of Eight Sentences

1,020 Page Book Composed of Eight Sentences

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The longlist for the 2019 Booker prize was recently announced with literary heavyweights like Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, and Chigozie Obioma appearing on the list. The pool of well-accomplished authors didn’t come as a shock to anyone, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few noticeable surprises on the list. One of the most striking inclusions was Lucy Ellmann’s 1,020 page novel Ducks, Newburyport which is composed of only eight sentences. image via goodreads Following in the footsteps of modernist writers like James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, Ellman expands upon the boundaries of what a novel can be in …

A Booker Brace – Top 3 Booker Prize Picks

A Booker Brace – Top 3 Booker Prize Picks

  The Booker Prize has been a principal barometer of the British literary community since 1969, and since 2014, has considered all original fiction written in English. If you don’t have time to read all 13 books on the long list (a Booker dozen), and you don’t want to wait for the short list in September or the winner in October, here are our top picks.       1. My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite   Image via Amazon   This is a gallows humor slasher about the things you do for the ones you love. Morally …

Do You Know About Boekenweek, the Bookworm’s Dream Festival?

Do You Know About Boekenweek, the Bookworm’s Dream Festival?

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Do you know about Boekenweek? Image Via World Editions.org   Held annually in March since 1932, Boekenweek (Book Week) is an event in the Netherlands dedicated to literature where writers and publishers gather across the country for book signing sessions, literary festivals, and debates. Traditionally, a well-known Dutch author writes a special novel called a Boekenweekgeschenk (book week gift) that is given out for free to people who buy books during the festivities or signs up to a library.   Image Via Goodreads   Fun fact: In 2001, the Boekenweekgeschenk was Salman Rushdie’s Fury, which was translated into Dutch and …