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Hilary Mantel Takes Home the 2012 Man Booker Prize

Congratulations to Hilary Mantel. As predicted by many, her novel Bring up the Bodies has just been announced in London’s Guildhall as the winner of this year’s £50,000 Man Booker Prize award. This also means that signed copies of Bring Up the Bodies will increase in value very quickly, so jump on it if you […]

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The 2012 Victoria Book Prizes

Congratulations to University of Victoria teacher Madeline Sonik, whose collection of personal essays, Afflictions & Departures, has won the ninth annual City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. The collection details Sonik’s childhood stage by stage, relating incidents, feelings and developments to social and current events of the time, with a deep, meaningful understanding and insight […]

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Orange Prize Saved, Renamed Women’s Prize for Fiction

After mobile telecommunications brand Orange announced over the summer that it would no longer be sponsoring the fiction prize they have supported for 17 years, the future of the prize looked questionable. With sponsorship budgets already dedicated elsewhere, organizers were unable to secure a stable funding option in time for the 2013 prize, so happily, […]

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2012 Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The judges went from a list of 145 novels down to just 12 titles for the longlist, down to these six finalists. Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil Swimming Home by Deborah Levy Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel The Lighthouse by Alison Moore Umbrella […]

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Booker Prize 2012 Longlist Semi-Finalists

The longlist has been announced for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The judges managed to whittle a list of 145 novels down to just 12 titles for the longlist (a task I find simultaneously enviable and overwhelming to contemplate). There was much triumph of new and fresh this year, with four debut novelists making the […]

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55 Years of Australian Excellence: The Miles Franklin Winners

Anna Funder’s debut novel All That I Am is the 2012 winner of the Miles Franklin Award. Presented annually since 1957, it is Australia’s most coveted literary prize, recognising excellence in big names and fresh faces alike. And to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s an excellent starting point to delve into a […]

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Carnegie and Greenaway: A Double Win for “A Monster Calls”

It’s the first time ever that the same book has been awarded both the Carnegie Medal (for excellence in writing for children) and the Kate Greenaway Medal (for excellence in illustration for children). Each prize is conferred upon the winner by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and consists of a gold […]

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Orange Prize Shortlist 2012

The shortlisted nominees for the 2012 Orange Prize have been announced.

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Longlist for the 2010 Giller Prize:

The longlist for Canada’s Scotiabank 2010 Giller Prize has been announced.

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Barbara Kingsolver’s The Lacuna Wins 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction

Congratulations to Barbara Kingsolver, whose latest novel “The Lacuna” has triumphed over heavyweights “Wolf Hall” (Hilary Mantel) and “The Gate at the Stairs” (Lorrie Moore) to take the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction.

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