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Weekly Roundup: James Tait Prize shortlist announced

Weekly Roundup: James Tait Prize shortlist announced

The James Tait Black Prize announced its shortlists this week, with 2011 Man Booker Prize shortlisted Snowdrops by A. D. Miller nominated in the fiction category.

The prizes are Britain’s oldest literary awards, given out by the University of Edinburgh. Two prizes, each of £10,000, are awarded annually for the best work of fiction and the best biography published in the previous year. Past winners include Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Graham Greene.

Miller is joined on the shortlist by Solace by Belinda McKeon, You and I by Padgett Powell and There But For The by Ali Smith, who is nominated for the second time. Find out more about the prize and see the shortlist for the biography award on the James Tait Black Prize website.

Esi Edugyan, a fellow 2011 shortlisted author, won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Award.

Hilary Mantel’s publicity tour continued this week and she was the subject of the BBC’s Meet The Author series. Mantel also spoke to the Wall Street Journal and The Metro about Bring Up The Bodies, the sequel to the 2009 Man Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall.

Another Man Booker Prizes author with a new novel out is Peter Carey who spoke to NPR about The Chemistry of Tears, the use of a dual narrative, and humans as inventors and victims of technology. Carey’s new novel was also picked as the Huffington Post’s ‘The Book Were Talking About’.

If you follow The Man Booker Prize on Facebook, you will have seen that Julian Barnes will publish a pamphlet titled A Life with Books, an essay specially commissioned for Independent Booksellers Week. In the essay, Barnes writes about his early awareness of books, his obsessive book-collecting, and time spent in second-hand bookshops around the country. He ends by praising the physical book and expressing the confident hope that it will survive.

The 2011 winner was also speaking for 'Save Undershaw', a campaign to save the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize, Howard Jacobson, will be appearing at the Marlborough Litfest alongside Aminatta Forna, who is on the judging panel for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize.

Peter Carey
Peter Carey