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President Obama in the Running for British Book Awards

Barack Obama once again finds himself up against some stiff competition.  This time it’s not in the political arena but the literary one.

Obama is up for two British book awards – Border’s Author of the Year for his book The Audacity of Hope and Tesco’s Biography of the Year for Dreams of My Father.

The competition are no light-weights. Also up for the Author of the Year award are 2008 Man Booker Prize winner, Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger) and Orange Prize winner, Rose Tremain (The Road Home).

Last year, Ian McEwan took home the Author of the Year award for his book, On Chesil Beach and Khaled Hosseini was the winner in the Biography of the Year award with A Thousand Splendid Suns.

The awards honouring bestsellers and literary prize winners are decided based on a mix of public and industry votes and will be announced in London on April 3, 2009.

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