Book award season begins

British playwright Harold Pinter has just won the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The 2005 Man Booker Award winner for 2005 is The Sea, by John Banville

The shortlist (announced in September) was:

The Sea by John Banville
Arthur & George by Julian Barnes
A Long Long Way by Barry Sebastian
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Accidental by Ali Smith
On Beauty by Zadie Smith

The National Book Award finalists have been announced (the winners will be announced Nov 16th):

Fiction: The March by E.L. Doctorow; Veronica by Mary Gaitskill; Trance by Christopher Sorrentino; Holy Skirts by Rene Steinke; Europe Central by William T. Vollmann.

Nonfiction: Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion by Alan Burdick; Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius by Leo Damrosch; The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion; 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn; Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free and Empire’s Slaves by Adam Hochschild.

Poetry: Where Shall I Wander by John Ashberry; Star Dust by Frank Bidart; Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005 by Brendan Galvin; Migration: New and Selected Poems by W.S. Merwin; The Moment’s Equation by Vern Rutsala.

Young People’s Literature: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall; Where I Want to Be by Adele Griffin; Inexcusable by Chris Lynch; Autobiography of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers; Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles.

And never forget the annual Bulwer-Lytton award for worst writing (as they say on their web page, “Where www stands for wretched writers welcome”) who pronounced Dan McKay of Fargo ND this year’s winner. While submissions for the Bulwer-Lytton are from the authors themselves (we too could aspire to the B-L award), their page includes a “Sticks and Stones” link “For real, honest-to-Gawd, not-made-up Lyttonian wonders (that is, sentences by published authors).” Run by the San Jose State University’s Dept. of English and Comparative Literature.

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