Once again, Canadians represented well on the recently announced Man Booker Prize short list of six authors. Patrick deWitt (who currently lives in Oregon) was shortlisted for The Sisters Brothers, which The Guardian calls “a darkly comic wild west odyssey of two cowboy assassins,” and “the strongest wild card on the list.” The other Canadian author on the short list is Esi Edugyan, whose Half Blood Blues tells the story of a black jazz musicion in Nazi Germany.
The other four are:
(Click on the title to see the book’s description and status in our catalogue)
- The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
- Jamrach’s Menagerie, by Carol Birch
- Pigeon English, by Stephen Kelman
- Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller
The six books were selected from a longlist of 13. The winner of the 2011 Man Book Prize for fiction will be announced October 18.
And now, for an even more Canadian list, take a look at the recently announced Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. It’s reaaaaallllly long. Like, 17 titles long. So I won’t list them all here, but be sure to stay tuned for the announcement of the winner on October 4.
Have you read any of the Booker or Giller titles? Which ones have you loved and why?