Man Booker Prize Awarded to Eleanor Catton for “The Luminaries”

What were you doing at age 28? If you were author Eleanor Catton, you would be graciously accepting Britain’s highest literary honor, the Man Booker Prize.  Catton won the prestigious award for her  second novel The Luminaries.  In addition to making her the youngest recipient in the history of the prize, Catton’s 832 page novel is also…

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Alice Munro Wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

“A story is not like a road to follow…it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows.” Canadian…

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Life of Pi: the Book and the Movie

“Which story do you prefer?” Have you been following the trailers for Life of Pi? After months of anticipation, I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of it last night. The new movie is the cinematic adaptation of Yann Martel’s celebrated 2001 novel, is directed by Ang Lee, and has been generating Oscar buzz for weeks…

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Bring Up the Booker

Yesterday the prestigious Man Booker prize was awarded, breaking two important records in the process. The lucky recipient Hilary Mantel became the first woman to win the award twice, and the first author to win it for a consecutive sequel. British author Mantel won her first Booker prize in 2009 with the historical fiction novel…

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A Nobel Gamble

Place your bets! Deliberations for who will win the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature will shortly be under way. With an impressive lineup of entries to choose from, there can be no surefire bet for who will take this coveted award. That’s because currently the odds are only at 5/1 for the win. Yes, not…

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