Three Canadians Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

Go Canadians! Three Canadian novelists have been longlisted for the prestigious London-based Man Booker Prize, announced earlier this week. Two of the authors have local ties — Vancouver-born Patrick deWitt, now living in Portland, Oregon, and Esi Edugyan of Victoria.

We have two of the three titles in our collection, and the third is on order:

(Click on the titles to view in our catalogue)

Far to Go, by Alison Pick

Set in the months leading up to Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia, this is the story of a secular Jewish family amid an increasingly anti-Semitic cultural climate. Quill and Quire says “Pick’s gorgeous writing is to be savoured: her prose is enhanced by a poet’s sensibility. She creates a richly imagined, sensuous world where flavours and aromas waft through the pages and every detail is vividly drawn.”

 

The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt

 This thrilling Western about two murderous brothers has been described by the Financial Times as “a witty noir version of Don Quixote . . . hugely entertaining.” And he’s a Vancouverite! (By birth, at least).

 

 

Half Blood Blues, by Esi Edugyan (This title is on order)

The story of a young, black trumpet-playing virtuoso in 1930s Paris, described by the Guardian as “a convincing portrayal of place and period” that “mark out this engaging first work, reminiscent of early VS Naipaul.”

 

According to the Globe and Mail, the long list of 13 books will be winnowed to six in September, and the 2011 prize announced October 18 in London. The winner receives £50,000, equivalent to $77,000.

For more information about the Man Booker Prize and to view the full longlist, visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com/news/stories/1514

For more information on the prize’s effect on Canadian publishing, see this Globe and Mail article.

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