Man Booker prize winners are among my favorite books … The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (a 2006 BookTalk at BSC selection) and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje come to mind. [Of course, when it comes to film, I still think Fargo should have won the Oscar for Best Picture instead of The English Patient, but that’s another story.]
I was excited to learn that the nominees for the 2011 Man Booker Prize were announced on July 26. The Man Booker Prizes recognize the best in fiction. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year. The Man Booker International Prize, awarded every two years, recognizes one writer for achievement in fiction. This prize was first awarded in 2005.
Although many of the titles on the 2011 long list are still awaiting American distribution, they will be available soon. Keep your eyes open for these great reads!
2011 Man Booker Prize Nominees
Julian Barnes–The Sense of an Ending
Sebastian Barry–On Canaan’s Side
Carol Birch–Jamrach’s Menagerie
Patrick deWitt–The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan–Half Blood Blues
Yvvette Edwards–A Cupboard Full of Coats
Alan Hollinghurst–The Stranger’s Child
Stephen Kelman–Pigeon English
Patrick McGuinness–The Last Hundred Days
Alison Pick–Far to Go
Jane Rogers–The Testament of Jessie Lamb
D.J. Taylor–Derby Day
The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on October 18.
The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group plc, an alternative investment management business originally founded in 1873. The Booker Prize Foundation is responsible for awarding the prize.