Ah, well. De gustibus non est disputandum.
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The Booker Prize has whittled down its longlist to an intriguing shortlist, and none of the authors tapped has previously won the Prize. As was the case last year, two Americans make the shortlist this year: Anne Tyler and Hanya Yanagihara. They are joined by Nigerian Chigozie Obioma, the UK's Sunjeev Sahota and Tom McCarthy, and Jamaican Marlon James. The bookies suggest that Yanagihara is the favorite to win. She would be the first American to take the Prize. All the Booker Prize longlisters are below (with bonus links where available): A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (The Book Report on A Brief History) Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (The Last Epoch: Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island Takes on the Avant-Garde) The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma ("The Audacity of Prose" by Chigozie Obioma, Clickworthy Headlines about The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma) The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara (Two Lives: On Hanya Yanagihara and Atticus Lish, ‘I Wouldn’tve Had a Biography at All’: The Millions Interviews Hanya Yanagihara)
The winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award have been announced in New York City. The award is voted on by critics and considers all books in English (including in translation), no matter the country of origin. The winners in the various categories and some supplementary links: Fiction: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Americanah (excerpt, the author's Year in Reading) Nonfiction: Sheri Fink, Five Days at Memorial (excerpt) Autobiography: Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti (<excerpt) Criticism: Franco Moretti, Distant Reading Biography: Leo Damrosch, Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World (excerpt) Poetry: Frank Bidart, Metaphysical Dog (The Poet and the Movie Star: An Evening with Frank Bidart and James Franco) Previously: The finalists
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In the fourth year that the Booker Prize has been open to U.S. authors, four American authors again make the longlist, including National Book Award and Pulitzer-winner Colson Whithead. Arundhati Roy is the lone former winner on the list. Notable names like George Saunders, Paul Auster, Zadie Smith and Mohsin Hamid make for formidable competition alongside three debut novels. All the Booker Prize longlisters are below (with bonus links where available): 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (Free Speech Is a Black-and-White Issue: The Millions Interviews Paul Auster) Days Without End by Sebastian Barry History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (A Classic Nightmare: On Emily Fridlund’s History of Wolves) Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (The World-Spanning Humanism of Mohsin Hamid) Solar Bones by Mike McCormack Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor Elmet by Fiona Mozley The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (In the Between: Lincoln in the Bardo) Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie Autumn by Ali Smith (Wordsmith: The Beguiling Gifts of Ali Smith) Swing Time by Zadie Smith (Nameless and Undefined: On Zadie Smith’s Swing Time) Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Scars That Never Fade: On Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad)
Well-known established writers like Peter Carey and Andrea Levy and up and coming author Tom McCarthy made the 2010 Booker shortlist, while David Mitchell, probably the best-known name on the longlist, failed to make the cut. The longlist was offered here with some excerpts a month ago, but since you might not have gotten around to them then, we'll offer the same with the shortlist below. Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (excerpt) Room by Emma Donoghue (excerpt) In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut (excerpt) The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson The Long Song by Andrea Levy (excerpt) C by Tom McCarthy
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