Thursday, March 19, 2009

Longlist Day in the Litrasphere

Who decided that just a few days after the Ides of March would be the best time to announce the most important longlists on the international book scene? (That’s a rhetorical question, but if there’s an answer, it would be cool to share.)

The longlist for the Man Booker International Prize was announced today. To keep us on our toes, the prize differs from the regular vanilla Man Booker Prize for fiction in that it is only awarded every other year. However, the longlist for the Man Booker Foreign Fiction Prize was announced February 27th. The Man Booker Prize longlist will be announced in September. (Dude: those Man Booker folks are busy!)

Also announced today: the longlist for the Orange Prize for fiction, “awarded to the woman who, in the opinion of the judges, has written the best, eligible full-length novel in English.”

The Guardian does a brilliant job with the Orange longlist, including write-ups and UK cover images from all 20 titles that made the cut. Meanwhile Bloomberg does an even job covering the Man Booker International longlist.

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Blogger Kidzdoc said...

The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize is awarded by The Independent, a British newspaper that has no connection to the Man Booker Awards. The article in The Independent about the long-listed books for the award can be found here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/the-independent-foreign-fiction-prize-1632978.html

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 7:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kidzdoc said...

I have to partially corrected my first post; sorry! The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize was initially awarded by The Independent from 1990-1995. There were no awards given between 1996-2000. In 2001, Arts Council England, the the national development agency for the arts, supported the revival of the award, which kept its original name.

Here is the press release for the 2009 long-list:
Longlist Announced for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 8:05:00 AM PDT  

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