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  1. Talented Shortlist Competes for Man Booker Prize

    The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives a check for £50,000 ($78,000), but the British Commonwealth’s version of the Pulitzer Prize also entails such a boost in sales and prestige that agents, publishers, and booksellers await its announcement with almost as much anticipation as the nominated authors. The shortlist for this year’s prize includes the first Zimbabwean nominee (NoViolet Bulawayo), a Canadian Buddhist priest (Ruth Ozeki), and previously-decorated authors Jim Crace, Colm Toibin, and Jhumpa Lahiri. But the current favorite to win among bookmakers (yes, betting on the prize is also big business) is  27-year-old New Zealander and relative unknown Eleanor Catton. If Catton prevails with The Luminaries — a ghost story set in the goldfields of New Zealand in 1866 — she’ll be the youngest winner in the prize’s history.

    Source: BBC

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