Reading The Man Booker Prize 2013: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

As far as literary prizes go, We Need New Names has all the makings of a winner: its author, a 31-year-old Zimbabwean immigrant to the U.S., never planned a career as a writer, yet this, her first novel, has not only served as a form of catharsis for her, but allowed readers a look at a generation of people struggling with the realities of a country that promised freedom and brought despair. Read More Reading The Man Booker Prize 2013: We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

And there you have it: In what the bookmakers had down as a close finish between Jim Crace and Colm Tóibín, Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries. At 28, she is the youngest author to have won the prize, and The Luminaries is also the longest work (at 832 pages) to win. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013: The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013 – Jim Crace: Harvest

It’s that time of the year again: Literature becomes universally exciting and noteworthy for a few short weeks while a jury of high-flying writers and critics determines which lucky novelist’s book sales will go through the roof this autumn. It’s the Man Booker Prize, “The world’s most important literary award,” the winner of which will be announced on October 15th. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2013 – Jim Crace: Harvest