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September 25, 2013 | By Michael McGough
When I lived in Britain, and in many subsequent visits there, I was always struck by the extensive coverage of the Booker Prize, an award for English-language fiction that is now known as the Man Booker Prize. No American newspaper, even the New York Times, ever lavished such attention on U.S. literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Inclusion even on the “shortlist" of finalists for the Booker meant a jump in sales and appearances on the BBC. What was strange about the Booker was that it purported to be international but excluded American novelists.
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October 17, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
Running on a mere 2½ hours of sleep and exactly 12 hours after winning the Man Booker Prize for her novel “The Luminaries,” Eleanor Catton sat down for an interview with the Guardian's Charlotte Higgins and brought her A game. The 28-year-old novelist from New Zealand, the youngest ever to win the prize, addressed the critics who have approached her complex novel with trite assumptions about gender. Catton said the "people whose negative reaction [to 'The Luminaries']
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October 16, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Hilary Mantel won the 2012 Man Booker Prize for the novel "Bring Up The Bodies," the second book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Mantel won the prize 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. "Well I don't know," Mantel said upon taking the stage. "You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once. " The Man Booker Prize is Britain's most prestigious award for literary fiction. Each year, the prize is awarded at a gala event in London; the winner gets about $80,000.
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October 15, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
This post has been updated. Please see note at bottom for details. Eleanor Catton took the 2013 Man Booker Prize for "The Luminaries" at an awards ceremony in London on Tuesday night. At age 28, Catton is the youngest novelist ever to win the prestigious prize -- and her novel, at more than 800 pages, is the longest book. When she accepted, Catton said, " 'The Luminaries' was, from the start, a publisher's nightmare.” She thanked her editors for “striking a balance between making art and making money,” the Washington Post reports.
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July 25, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
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.
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October 13, 2010 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
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 ?
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October 8, 2009 | Ross King, King is the author of many books, including "Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling" and "Ex-Libris: A Novel."
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.
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October 17, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
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.
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October 20, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 11, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
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.
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September 25, 2013 | By Michael McGough
When I lived in Britain, and in many subsequent visits there, I was always struck by the extensive coverage of the Booker Prize, an award for English-language fiction that is now known as the Man Booker Prize. No American newspaper, even the New York Times, ever lavished such attention on U.S. literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Inclusion even on the “shortlist" of finalists for the Booker meant a jump in sales and appearances on the BBC. What was strange about the Booker was that it purported to be international but excluded American novelists.
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September 17, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
A little philosophy can be a dangerous thing. A heated conversation between two men about the seminal 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant first came to blows, then one man shot the other. The Kant shooting incident took place in southern Russia in a beer line, Reuters reports, and the bullets were rubber. The 28-year-old victim is expected to recover. The 26-year-old alleged shooter has been apprehended by the police and charged with “intentional infliction of serious harm.” He could serve up to 15 years in prison for not living in accordance with the first, or indeed second, formulation of Kant's categorical imperative: using a gun to win an argument would not work as a universal strategy, and there is no rational end to getting into a fistfight about “The Critique of Pure Reason” or any of Kant's other works.
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June 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Baileys liquor has been announced as the new sponsor of the British-based women's fiction prize, formerly the Orange Prize. This year's winner will receive an award of close to $46,000 in a ceremony taking place Wednesday night in London. Booze is not replacing fruit as a sponsor; Orange is a telecom company in the U.K. The prize was founded in 1996 as the Orange Prize. After the company announced its withdrawal as a sponsor, this year's prize has been funded by an anonymous group of donors.
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May 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Lydia Davis, known for writing powerful, compact short stories, was announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize for fiction Wednesday. The prize, which was presented at a ceremony in London, comes with an award worth more than $90,000. "Lydia Davis' writings fling their lithe arms wide to embrace many a kind. Just how to categorize them?" Sir Christopher Ricks, the chair of the judging panel, said while giving the award. "Should we simply concur with the official title and dub them stories?
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April 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If there ever was a time to see "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," that time is here and now. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, with even President Obama asking, "Why did young men who grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence?" comes a smart, provocative film that compellingly addresses these kinds of concerns. Directed by Mira Nair from Mohsin Hamid's exceptional novel (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" does not offer answers but rather, of equal if not greater value, it presents different ways to frame the question.
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October 17, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
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.
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November 19, 2002 | From Associated Press
American writers won't have the chance to win Britain's most prestigious literary award, according to organizers of the Booker Prize. "We took the decision that the Man Booker Prize should remain as it is because its hallmark is that it honors Commonwealth writers," Martyn Goff, administrator of the prize, said Monday. "That is what the prize has built its reputation on over the last 35 years, and its integrity is valued worldwide."
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October 16, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Hilary Mantel won the 2012 Man Booker Prize for the novel "Bring Up The Bodies," the second book in her Thomas Cromwell trilogy. Mantel won the prize 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. "Well I don't know," Mantel said upon taking the stage. "You wait 20 years for a Booker Prize, and two come along at once. " The Man Booker Prize is Britain's most prestigious award for literary fiction. Each year, the prize is awarded at a gala event in London; the winner gets about $80,000.
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