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2011 Man Booker shortlist

The shortlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize has been announced. The line-up is:

Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending
Carol Birch for Jamrach’s Menagerie
Patrick deWitt for The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues
Stephen Kelman for Pigeon English
A.D. Miller for Snowdrops

Obviously, Barnes is the hot favorite. Kelman and Miller are first-time novelists. Two Canadian writers are there – Patrick deWitt and Esi Edugyan. We’re willing Esi to win as she’s a local girl for us at AbeBooks.com. She lives in Victoria, our hometown, and studied at the University of Victoria. We will have an interview with Esi soon.

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The Guardian has some early comment on the list, mainly how Alan Hollinghurst has been dropped in favor of some rookie novelists.

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