Man Asian Literary Prize, generally the most interesting one in the Man Booker stable, has been released.
Jamil Ahmad – The Wandering Falcon
Jahnavi Barua – Rebirth
Rahul Bhattacharya – The Sly Company of People Who Care
Amitav Ghosh –River of Smoke
Kyung-Sook Shin – Please Look After Mom
Yan Lianke – Dream of Ding Village
Banana Yoshimoto – The Lake
via The Millions
The 2011 National Book Award winners have been announced. Here they are:
Fiction: Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA)
Nonfiction: Stephen Greenblatt, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton & Company)
Poetry : Nikky Finney, Head Off & Split (TriQuarterly, an imprint of Northwestern University Press)
Young Peopleâ€™s Literature: Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
viaÂ The Rumpus.net.
In a press release, the organizers called the list â€œthe most diverse to be announced in its five year history, showcasing a panoply of tales from right across Asia.â€
Hereâ€™s the full list:
â€¢ JAMIL AHMAD, Pakistan â€“ The Wandering Falcon (Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
â€¢ TAHMIMA ANAM, Bangladesh â€“ The Good Muslim (Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
â€¢ JAHNAVI BARUA, India â€“ Rebirth (Penguin India/Penguin Books)
â€¢ RAHUL BHATTACHARYA, India â€“ The Sly Company of People Who Care (Pan Macmillan/Picador)
â€¢ MAHMOUD DOWLATABADI, Iran â€“ The Colonel (US: Melville House, UK: Haus Publishing)
â€¢ AMITAV GHOSH, India â€“ River of Smoke (John Murray/Penguin India/Hamish Hamilton)
â€¢ HARUKI MURAKAMI, Japan -1Q84 (Harvill Secker)
â€¢ ANURADHA ROY, India- The Folded Earth (Quercus/Maclehose Press/Hacehette India)
â€¢ KYUNG-SOOK SHIN, South Korea â€“ Please Look After Mom (Alfred A. Knopf)
â€¢ TARUN J TEJPAL, India â€“ The Valley of Masks (HarperCollins India/4th Estate)
â€¢ YAN LIANKE, China â€“ Dream of Ding Village (Grove Atlantic)
â€¢ BANANA YOSHIMOTO, Japan â€“ The Lake (Melville House)
â€œWhat this longlist shows is that if we are looking for books of the epic scale and stature of the great European nineteenth century novels, we must turn to Asia,â€ David Parker, chair of the directors of the prize. He says the nominees â€œhave a scale and ambition we donâ€™t often see in Western writing these days. Could it be that as the worldâ€™s economic centre of gravity is moving eastwards, so too is its artistic energy and ambition?â€
via Melville House Books
Roberto Saviano has won the PEN/Pinter International Writer of Courage Award for his exposÃ©s on the Naples mafia.
He has been living under 24-hour police protection since the book was published in 2006
via BBC News – Gomorrah author Roberto Saviano wins courage award.
The 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its longlist on Tuesday, September 6. This is the 18th year of the prize and a record-breaking number of books were submitted by publishers across the country, a total of 143. This yearâ€™s jury is made up of: award-winning Canadian writer and 2009 Giller finalist Annabel Lyon; American author, memoirist and Guggenheim fellow Howard Norman; and acclaimed UK playwright and prize-winning novelist Andrew Oâ€™Hagan.
For the first time ever, the Scotiabank Giller Prize invited the public to choose a book for the longlist. The Readersâ€™ Choice contest received more than 4,000 entries from passionate readers arguing their case for a favourite book. The Readersâ€™ Choice selection was Extensions by Myrna Day, a debut novel published by Newest Press.
Bezmozgis, David | The Free World
Blaise, Clark | The Meagre Tarmac
Christie, Michael | The Beggar’s Garden
Coady, Lynn | The Antagonist
deWitt, Patrick | The Sisters Brothers
Dey, Myrna | Extensions
Edugyan, Esi | Half-Blood Blues
Endicott, Marina | The Little Shadows
Gartner, Zsuzsi | Better Living Through Plastic Explosives
Gunn, Genni | Solitaria
Holdstock, Pauline | Into the Heart of the Country
Johnston, Wayne | A World Elsewhere
LaferriÃ¨re, Dany (trans. David Homel) | The Return
Mayr, Suzette | Monoceros
Ondaatje, Michael | The Cat’s Table
Vanderhaeghe, Guy | A Good Man
Zentner, Alexi | Touch
2011 Giller Prize Longlist – Scotiabank Giller Prize.