Monthly Archives: October 2007

Exhilaratingly bleak

The novel that won the Man Booker prize this week, Anne Enright’s The Gathering, has been described as “exhilaratingly bleak.” If you find that desciption intriguing, as I did, you might enjoy this brief BBC interview with Anne Enright, shortly after she won; she seems like a lovely person.

On the other hand, if “exhilaratingly bleak” makes you want to run screaming in the other direction, you might prefer to try one of the other books that was shortlisted for the prize: Animal’s People, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mister Pip, Darkmans, or On Chesil Beach — though some of them sound rather bleak as well!

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U.C. Book Sale

Today is the last day of the annual University College Book Sale. Though the big annual sale will soon be over for this year, the book sale is really an ongoing event, as books are sold year-round online and at the U.C. Book Room. I’m so impressed by the amazing team of dedicated alumni and others who work so hard on this sale (many of whose proceeds go to support Laidlaw Library!)

Giller shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Giller Prize was announced today. You can find all five shortlisted books in Laidlaw Library’s collection:

The jury (including U.C. alumna Camilla Gibb) will select the winner on November 6th.