Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Booker Prize Longlist

From Publishers Lunch
The Booker Prize longlist was announced yesterday. The list will be whittled to six on September 7, and the winner will be named on October 12. As helpfully sorted below, four of the titles are scheduled for US publication over the next three months, and three have no announced US publication date. In a Booker first, Damon Galgut's novel does not have a US print release date yet, but is available now from Amazon Kindle.

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America
Andrea Levy, The Long Song
David Mitchell, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
Lisa Moore, February
Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap
Emma Donoghue, Room (releases 9/13)
Tom McCarthy, C (releases 9/7)
Paul Murray, Skippy Dies (releases 8/31)
Rose Tremain, Trespass (releases 10/18)
Helen Dunmore, The Betrayal (UK only, Fig Tree)
Howard Jacobson, The Finkler Question (UK only, Bloomsbury)
Alan Warner, The Stars in the Bright Sky (UK only, Jonathan Cape)
Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room (UK only in print, Atlantic Books; US via Kindle)

So far UK oddsmakers can't agree on a favorite (unlike last year, when Hilary Mantel led from start to finish). William Hill has made Levy their 4-1 favorite, followed by two-time winner Carey, while Ladbrooke's has Carey on top at 3-1, with Levy in eighth place.Agent Jonny Geller comments on the list via Twitter: "Papers today say no debut novelists on booker longlist? Because pubs stopped buying them last year! Maybe they might start now?"