Skip to comments.Man Booker Prize To Be Opened To Americans
Posted on 09/17/2013 9:31:15 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Britain's most prestigious literary award will be opened to Americans next year. The Man Booker Prize is currently open to writers from the 54 countries in the Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland. According to a report in The Sunday Times, "The organisers increasingly believe that excluding writers from America is anachronistic. The Booker committee believes US writers must be allowed to compete to ensure the award's global reputation." The weekend announcement was met with decidedly mixed reactions: Howard Jacobson, whose novel The Finkler Question won the award in 2010, toldThe Telegraph that it was "the wrong decision," and Jim Crace, the only British writer on this year's shortlist, said in The Independent that "I think prizes need to have their own characters, and sometimes those characters are defined by their limitations." But Kazuo Ishiguro, another former Booker winner, said that "the world has changed and it no longer makes sense to split up the writing world in this way." In some ways, the move feels inevitable: Four of the authors on this year's shortlist already live, or have recently lived, in the U.S.
Could be a bad move on their part. “Man” is going to get them into all sorts of trouble from all the mis-educated SWAGS in the US.
Apparently, it isn’t necessary to write in English.
Fine, just don’t let them win!
Does this mean Brits can now be considered for the American Book Award?
Not to be confused with the much less prestigious “Man Hooker” award.
Not to be confused with the much less prestigious Man Hooker award
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Seeing as how the ‘Brits’ have their own brand of English,
“Man Booker” could be a Hooker??
Nah, I think they would have a more colorful term for that, like “knobberknocker” or “gollywagger”, something like that.
Cory Booker should be a shoe-in.
This is for creating fiction, yes?
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