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The Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Book Covers of Man Booker Prize Nominees

The post tonight introduces a great fiction novel source. Let’s discover some great international authors and their intriguing storylines and characters.

The Man Booker Prize is awarded each year to the best original full-length English language fiction novel by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. The winner receives 50,000 pounds in prize money — plus is generally assured of international renown and success.

It is a great honor for authors to be considered for the Man Booker Prize, especially if they make the longlist and it is pure ecstasy if they find their way onto the shortlist!

The 13 nominees for 2013 are the most diverse since the Man Booker Prize inception in 1968 – for novel style, length, subject and author and book story location.

The 13 books are:

More on the Man Booker Prize by Mark Brown in The Guardian:


Man Booker longlist ‘most diverse’ in prize’s history, say judges

Chair of £50,000 prize says 13 novels on 2013 list range from traditional to experimental and from Shanghai to Hendon

Judges for the 2013 Man Booker prize have drawn up what is “surely the most diverse” longlist in the prize’s history, they say, naming 13 books by authors who are mostly far from being household names.

Only two authors on the list have been nominated for the prize before: Jim Crace is listed for his 11th novel Harvest, 16 years after he was shortlisted for Quarantine; and Colm Tóibín, shortlisted twice before, is in the running for The Testament of Mary, which came out last year.

Robert Macfarlane, this year’s chair of judges, said: “This is surely the most diverse longlist in Man Booker history: wonderfully various in terms of geography, form, length and subject. These 13 outstanding novels range from the traditional to the experimental, from the first century AD to the present day, from 100 pages to 1,000, and from Shanghai to Hendon.”

The 1,000-page book is one of the most intriguing on the list. The Kills, by Richard House – a writer and artist who teaches at the University of Birmingham – could be described as a political thriller but is much more than that, Macfarlane said. Strictly speaking, it is four books in one novel and comes with extra, digitally available film and audio content, although the Booker panel is judging only the words.

Three first-time novelists are on this year’s list. NoViolet Bulawayo, who was born in Zimbabwe a year after it became independent and moved to the US at the age of 18, is on it for We Need New Names, which has been described a “visceral and bittersweet” portrayal of life in a Zimbabwean shantytown called Paradise. Eve Harris, published by the small Highlands publisher Sandstone, is longlisted for her yet-to-be-released book The Marrying of Chani Kaufman, set in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of Hendon in London. And Donal Ryan makes the longlist for The Spinning Heart, a novel told from the points of view of 21 people struggling to get by in a rural Irish village.

Ryan is one of three Irish writers on the list, the others being Tóibín and Colum McCann, nominated for TransAtlantic, which spans 150 years.

The other nominated novels which have yet to be released are: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, the youngest writer on the list at 27; The Lowland by Indian-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri; the second world war novel Unexploded by Alison MacLeod; and Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson.


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Hey, Mister Pulitzer, What’s Wrong With Fiction This Year ?

Fiction Category Rejected By Pulitzer Prize

For those that haven’t heard, the Pulitzer Prize board said it would not award a Pulitzer in fiction for the first time in 35 years.

Well, how dare they!

The reason why speaks more to the interior mismanagement of the Pulitzer Prize board [read bored :)] than it does to the quality of fiction available on the reader landscape.

Anyway, this post will give a glimpse inside the inner workings of the Pulitzer Prize meanderings.

 of The New York Times has this insight: 

Publishing Is Cranky Over Snub by Pulitzers

One day after the Pulitzer Prize board said it would not award a Pulitzer in fiction for the first time in 35 years, the publishing industry was still seething, with some going as far as offering surrogate winners.

On Tuesday, Sarah McNally, the owner of McNally Jackson Books in SoHo, said she would present her own awards to “The Great Night” by Chris Adrian, “We the Animals” by Justin Torres and “Pym” by Mat Johnson.

Publishers Weekly posted a list of books from 2011 that could have been chosen, including Chad Harbach’s “Art of Fielding” and “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka.

On Twitter, Doubleday suggested the Twitterverse choose its own Pulitzer winner (using the hashtag #TwitterPulitzer), immediately prompting nominations like “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta and “The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Striking a rare note of optimism, publishers of the three fiction finalists said they hoped the books would nevertheless get a boost in a rare year without a winner in the spotlight. “In years past it’s the Pulitzer winner that captures all the attention and all the sales,” said Paul Bogaards, a spokesman for Alfred A. Knopf. “But since this year there was not a winner and there’s much conversation about the finalists, this may be an opportunity and a catalyst for sales.”

The collective shock and sputtering in the publishing industry began on Monday, when the Pulitzer Prize board announced the winners in journalism, letters, drama and music.

Except two categories had no winner: editorial writing and fiction.

Sig Gissler, the administrator of the Pulitzers for Columbia University, explained how it happened:

A winner is usually selected in a two-step process in which a three-member fiction jury reviews hundreds of books, settles on three finalists and sends those finalists to the Pulitzer board.

The board then reads the books and meets for two days to determine a winner. A majority is required, and this year the judges could not come up with one.

“Whenever they make a decision, it’s not meant to be a statement about fiction in general,” Mr. Gissler said on Monday. “It’s just a statement that none was able to receive a majority.”

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Will New Thriller Make Indian Publishing History?

India is hungry for fiction writers! Apparently a big market has developed in India and they are eagarly seeking more commercial thriller fiction writers!

Have a good fiction thriller manuscript laying around? Send it to HarperCollins-India…

This plucked from IANS (Indo-Asian News Service):

The yet-to-be released thriller ‘Johnny Gone Down’ by Karan Bajaj is set to make publishing history with a first print run of 50,000 books, billed as one of the biggest ever in India for a work of fiction.

The thriller will be published by HarperCollins-India at an affordable price of Rs.99. ‘It is the first time HarperCollins-India is aiming to achieve nearly 100,000 copies in a year with the first print run of 50,000 for an Indian author at such an attractive price,’ Lipika Bhushan, head of marketing at HarperCollins-India, told IANS.

The book narrates the racy tale of 40-year-old Ivy League scholar, Nikhil Arya (aka Johnny), who is broke, homeless and minutes away from blowing his brains. An innocent vacation turns into an intercontinental journey that sees Nikhil first become a genocide survivor, then a Buddhist monk, a drug lord, a homeless accountant, a software mogul and a game fighter.

Bajaj is also the author of ‘Keep off the Grass’. His new book is also being used by the publishing house as a brand emblem to promote mass market commercial fiction and thrillers with a multi-pronged publicity campaign, sources said.

A source at HarperCollins said: ‘The publishing house was promoting commercial mass market fiction this year. It is a genre we have been promoting over the last couple of years very aggressively.’

‘Books such as ‘Almost Single’, ‘The Zoya Factor’, ‘Bombay Rains’ and ‘Keep off the Grass’, ‘Married But Available’, ‘Secrets and Lies’, and very recently ‘Keep the Change Year After Year’ have been a series of titles from Indian authors for the Indian audience that end up doing big numbers,’ Bhushan said.

The publisher is using the book as a ‘brand symbol’ for the genre of commercial thriller that is beginning to come of age in India with a new crop of young writers, who are fusing western classical thriller models with ‘desi’ sensibilities, sources at HarperCollins said.

The publishing house had earlier mounted a similar publicity blitz for Sam Bourne’s thrillers in India.

‘As Johnny, the protagonist, is an interesting character, the marketing drive is to get readers inquisitive about Johnny with a ‘Who is Johnny Campaign’. The USP of the campaign that will roll out in the next two weeks will comprise a mix of great price point, quality content, advertising (all media) and retail level promotions, events, and heavy online promotion,’ Bhushan said.

Author Bajaj said the novel was a ‘deeper darker Forest Gump-ish adventure’.

‘It relates the almost bizarre, almost surreal series of events that transform a pretty ordinary NASA scientist into a genocide survivor, then a Buddhist monk, a drug lord, a homeless accountant, software mogul and then a game fighter,’ the writer told IANS.

Bajaj said he was inspired by both films and literature.

‘I was influenced as much by the dark, gritty mood of films like ‘Oldboy’, ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘Amores Perros’ as by the incredible journey of ‘Forrest Gump’ (which is one of my favourite novels and a mighty decent film as well) and the surreal adventures of Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the Buddhist detective-protagonist of John Burdett’s Bangkok novels, ‘Bangkok 8’, ‘Bangkok Tattoo’ and ‘Bangkok Haunts’,’ he said.

For a book summary: ‘Johnny Gone Down’

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