The shortlist was announced for the Booker Prize...
For some reason, blogger isn't allowing me to hyperlink, so here's the url: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/pressoffice/release.php?r=13
I'm pretty geeky about the Booker Prize; I'm not sure why. I'll pay attention to the American awards but not with anything near to the zeal I have for the Booker. I try to read the whole shortlist every year.
It's weird to me how it can sometimes be pretty difficult to get the books here in the states. I had to buy Vernon God Little
in Canada a few years ago because it was so hard to find in the states -- even after it had won. (Maybe because it was terrible and offensive to Americans.) (Satire, I know, I just didn't care for it at all.) Similarly last year's winner, The Line of Beauty
, was out in paperback in Egypt as it was coming out in hardcover in the states. Weird!