Man Booker Long List Announced

The long list for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, one of literature’s premier prizes, was announced earlier this week. Although most of these titles are still awaiting American distribution, book group leaders should seek them out in hardback in preparation for forthcoming release in more club-friendly formats. These are likely to be among the year’s most buzzed-about books. Here’s the list:

Julian Barnes–The Sense of an Ending
Sebastian Barry–On Canaan’s Side
Carol Birch–Jamrach’s Menagerie
Patrick deWitt–The Sisters Brothers
Esi Edugyan–Half Blood Blues
Yvvette Edwards–A Cupboard Full of Coats
Alan Hollinghurst–The Stranger’s Child
Stephen Kelman–Pigeon English
Patrick McGuinness–The Last Hundred Days
A.D. Miller–Snowdrops
Alison Pick–Far to Go
Jane Rogers–The Testament of Jessie Lamb
D.J. Taylor–Derby Day

For books you can use immediately in your groups, try last year’s winner, The Finkler Question or other books from last year’s long list, which are now largely available in paperback.

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Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On... Fantasy Fiction and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups.

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