Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Man Booker Prize longlist announced

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book awards Updated: July 24, 2013 - 9:32 AM

Robert Macfarlane, chairman of the Man Booker Prize committee, shows off the titles of this year's longlist.

Robert Macfarlane, chairman of the Man Booker Prize committee, shows off the titles of this year's longlist.

On the same day that the birth of a significant baby was announced in London, the long list of a significant literary prize was also announced.

The Man Booker Prize, given annually to a novel published in Great Britain or the countries of its Commonwealth, Ireland, or  Zimbabwe, is one of literature's most significant awards. The winner receives 50,000 English pounds.

Here's this year's long list, selected from 151 titles. Highlighted stories lead to Star Tribune reviews:

Tash Aw, "Five Star Billionare"

NoViolet Bulawayo, "We Need New Names"

Eleanor Catton, "The Luminaries"

Jim Crace, "Harvest"

Eve Harris, "The Marrying of Chani Kaufman"

Richard House, "The Kills"

Jhumpa Lahiri, "The Lowland"

Alison MacLeod, "Unexploded"

Colum McCann, "TransAtlantic"

Charlotte Mendelson, "Almost English"

Ruth Ozeki, "A Tale for the Time Being"

Donal Ryan, "The Spinning Heart"

Colm Toibin, "The Testament of Mary"

Not all of the titles have been published in the United States (Lahiri's book, for instance, will be published this fall--and she's coming to town, so mark your calendar). 

The short list will be announced Sept 10 with the winner announced Oct 15.

 

 

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