Eleanor Catton, a 28-year-old New Zealander (born in Canada), has won the Booker Prize for her 832-page novel The Luminaries (currently on the shelf at the UC Library!), which takes place during the 1860s New Zealand gold rush.
Many people are understandably concerned about the future of the Booker Prize, after it was announced last month that U.S. authors will be eligible as of next year. If Julian Barnes’s predictions are correct, it will be a long time before such a young author wins again. (Barnes won the 2011 Booker for The Sense of an Ending.)
The other shortlisted books for this year’s Booker were A Tale for the Time Being (Ruth Ozeki), The Lowland (Jhumpa Lahiri), We Need New Names (NoViolet Bulawayo), Harvest (Jim Crace), and The Testament of Mary (Colm Toibin).
Kamal Al-Solaylee has won the 2013 Toronto Book Award for his book Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes, which is available at the UC Library. The Toronto Book Awards webpage about his win includes a nice excerpt about his first impressions of Toronto.
Wow, what exciting news to wake up to: Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature! She’s the first Canadian to do so, apart from Saul Bellow (who was born in Canada but moved to the States when he was only nine).
The Giller Prize shortlist was announced today. We have all 5 shortlisted books at the UC Library, PLUS the other 8 books that made the “long list.” The longlisted books have been on display at the front of the Library for the past ten days (but of course some of them have been borrowed — that’s why we do these displays!). The winner will be announced November 5.
Going Home Again / Dennis Bock
Hellgoing / Lynn Coady
Cataract City / Craig Davidson
Caught / Lisa Moore
The Crooked Maid / Dan Vyleta
THE REST OF THE LONGLIST:
The Orenda / Joseph Boyden
How To Get Along With Women / Elisabeth De Mariaffi
Extraordinary / David Gilmour
Emancipation Day / Wayne Grady
October 1970 / Louis Hamelin, translated by Wayne Grady
The Son of a Certain Woman / Wayne Johnston
The Woman Upstairs / Claire Messud
Minister Without Portfolio / Michael Winter
Here’s a new addition to our Best Sellers collection that I heartily recommend:
The ingredients of this novel include e-mails, letters, a report card, a transcript of a TED talk, and an emergency-room bill! (it takes place in the States). It’s funny and hard to put down. Here’s a book review from The Guardian.