July 25, 2012 |
England's most coveted literary prize for new fiction, the Man Booker, announced its longlist Wednesday. A dozen books are in the running for the 2012 prize; in September those will be be whittled down to a shortlist of six. One will win the prize, worth more than $77,000, at a gala celebration in October. Between now and then there will be much speculation about who will ultimately take the prize. Many will look first to Hilary Mantel, the only previous Booker prize winner on the longlist.
October 13, 2010 |
In a surprise win, Howard Jacobson was awarded the 2010 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday night in a ceremony in London for his novel "The Finkler Question. " Jacobson beat out Tom McCarthy, whose novel "C" had been a favorite among British oddsmakers, and four other books for the honor. "I am speechless," Jacobson, 68, said as he took the stage, joking, "Fortunately, I prepared one earlier. " Jacobson, a native of England who has written 15 books and has a weekly column in the British newspaper the Independent, has twice been long-listed for the Man Booker ?
October 8, 2009 |
These days, Thomas Cromwell is probably best known through James Frain's portrayal of him in the popular Showtime series "The Tudors": a brooding, black-clad figure in a popped collar who engineers Henry VIII's marriages and dissolves the monasteries before his career ends in one of the series' most horrifically unforgettable scenes. This shrewd political fixer is the protagonist -- though in a completely different guise -- in Hilary Mantel's ambitious new novel, "Wolf Hall," which was awarded the 2009 Man Booker Prize for fiction earlier this week.
October 17, 2012 |
It's not often that someone accepts one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world by comparing it to a bus. "You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once," Hilary Mantel joked after taking the stage in London on Tuesday night to accept the 2012 Man Booker Prize for "Bring Up the Bodies," the second novel in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Mantel also won the Booker for the first book in the series, "Wolf Hall," in 2009. She is the first woman to be a two-time winner of the prize, Britain's most prestigious award for literary fiction.
October 20, 2004 |
Alan Hollinghurst's novel, "The Line of Beauty," a tale of a young man who becomes caught up in a world of privilege, on Tuesday won the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award. Hollinghurst beat out five other finalists for the award. The Man Booker Prize, which comes with a $90,000 check, is open to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies.
March 11, 2008 |
Egyptian writer Baha Taher won the inaugural International Prize for Arabic Fiction for "Sunset Oasis," a book that explores one man's existential crisis. The $50,000 prize, announced at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, aims to secure recognition for outstanding Arabic authors and to ensure that their works will be translated. Modeled on Britain's prestigious Man Booker Prize, the contest is funded by the Emirates Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in Abu Dhabi.