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Man Booker rules reinforce genre apartheid
January 14, 2015 | 10:25 am

The UK's Man Booker Prize for Fiction has just updated its rules for eligibility for the Man Booker Prize 2015. And although many book trade professionals seem to be most exercised by changes to the timing and stocking level requirements of the rules, which they say favor publishers at the expense of booksellers, it's very clear that the new rules also consolidate the privileged status of "literary" fiction at the expense of genre works of any kind. They also exclude self-published works or those from very small presses - but it's not like that is anything new. The updated rules declare that "Any...

Eleanor Catton uses NZ Post Book Award to fund Kiwi writers reading
September 4, 2014 | 10:25 am

eleanor cattonNew Zealand author Eleanor Catton, youngest ever winner of the UK's Man Booker Prize with her novel The Luminaries, has also won two of the top prizes in the New Zealand Post Book Awards. And in her acceptance speech, Catton announced that she would be using the prize money and her other income from writing to support a new, as yet unnamed, grant to give New Zealand writers more time to read. Although denied the most prestigious prize in the Awards, the New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award, by Jill Trevelyan's Peter McLeavey: The life and times of a...

Tim O’Brien gets top-dollar Pritzker Award for writing on war
June 27, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Pritzker PrizeU.S. author Tim O'Brien has become the first fiction writer to win the six-year-old Pritzker Military Library Literature Award, netting a $100,000 honorarium for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. According to Wikipedia, the Pritzker currently ranks 28th in the list of the world's richest literary awards, level-pegging with, for instance, the Wallace Stevens Award, but well ahead of the Man Booker International Prize or the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award. And I don't see one literary award in that Wikipedia ranking that specifically mentions peace, brotherhood, or any such wishy-washy concepts in its title. Me, I object to any outsize literary prize offered...

Book Bloggers: Are they killing lit criticism, or saving it?
September 29, 2012 | 11:48 am

Fighting over computer keyboardEarlier this week, the Chair of this year's Man Booker prize judges, Peter Stothard, made headlines when he suggested that the overabundance of book bloggers today "is drowning out serious criticism, to the detriment of literature," according to an article in the Guardian. From the article: "Although Peter Stothard, who is editor of the Times Literary Supplement, is a blogger himself – and praises literary websites such as the Complete Review – he expressed fears that the burgeoning amount of online opinion about books could be damaging to the future of writing. "'If the mass of unargued opinion chokes off literary critics ... then literature will be the lesser for...

Morning Roundup — Links to Start Your Day
September 12, 2012 | 9:05 am

Kindle Fire HD Roundup of Reviews {via The Digital Reader} Newspapers See Disappointing Print & Digital Ad Revenue {via Good E-Reader} Man Booker Shortlist Turns its Back on 'Readability' {via The Telegraph} Bye Bye 9.99 {via An American Editor} Kindle Daily Deal: Collision of Evil {and} Corduroy...

Man Booker Prize launches iPhone app
August 26, 2010 | 9:16 am

images.jpgFrom The Literary Platform: The Man Booker Prize has just unveiled its new iPhone app – a first for UK literary prizes. The app, created by award winning digital agency Vexed Digital, will be free to download and will offer access to the Man Booker Prize archive – offering a full chronological history of the prize including information about the judges and the longlist, shortlist and winning authors and books. App users will be able to access exclusive author interviews, video content and audio and text extracts from selected Man Booker Prize titles. Push notification functionality will let users know about...

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