Book Cover Image. Title: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Author: Joshua Ferris

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris

The prestigious Man Booker Prize, previously only given for a novel written in English by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe, now includes writers outside of the U.K. and Commonwealth. This year's short list includes two Americans: Joshua Ferris and Karen Joy Fowler, three British writers, and one Australian. The winner will be announced on October 14. 

Book Cover Image. Title: The Good Lord Bird, Author: James McBride
The National Book Awards are the nation's preeminent literary prizes, honoring outstanding Fiction, Young People's Literature, Poetry, and Nonfiction. This year's winners include James McBride for fiction and George Packer for nonfiction.
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian master of the short story, Alice Munro (b.1931). In the words of the Academy, "She has taken an art form, the short story ... and she has cultivated it almost to perfection." Munro is the 13th woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
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