- The winner of this year's Man Booker Prize is The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai. At the age of 35, Desai is the youngest woman to ever win the coveted award. Furthermore, her mother, Anita Desai, has been shortlisted three times but never won.
Guess who sits at the head of the table for family dinners now!
- Meanwhile, the Quill Book Awards were announced, and this year's winner is... Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Love and Life by Tyler Perry!
I'm gonna go out on a limb and suggest that the Quill Awards don't quite equal the prestige of, say, the Man Booker Prize. Or Employee of the Month, for that matter.
Other winners include:
- Julie and Julia by Julie Powell (Debut Author of the Year)
- Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan (Best Audiobook)
- If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Joffe Numeroff, with illustrations by Felicia Bond (Children's Illustrated Book)
- The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade)
- Eldest by Christopher Paolini (Young Adult/Teen)
- A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (General Fiction)
- Naruto, Volume 7 by Masashi Kishimoto (Graphic Novel)
- Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (Mystery/Suspense/Thriller)
- Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem by Maya Angelou (Poetry)
- A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon (Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror)
- Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts (Romance)
- An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (History/Current Events/Politics)
- Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan (Biography/Memoir)
The Quill finalists are selected by a panel of 6,000 librarians and booksellers, and then voted on by consumers — and also, apparently, their book-loving pets.
- Slate kicks off their Fall Fiction Week with Walter Kirn and Gary Shteyngart debating the "role of fiction in the age of the Internet" — which ought to be much more spirited than past discussions like "the role of fiction in the age of the personal computer," though perhaps not as scintillating as "the role of fiction in the age of the rotary phone" or the classic "the role of fiction in the age of the printing press."
- And in yet more book prize news, the finalists for the National Book Awards have been announced.
- Mark Z. Danielewski, Only Revolutions
- Ken Kalfus, A Disorder Peculiar to the Country
- Richard Powers, The Echo Maker
- Dana Spiotta, Eat the Document
- Recent Powells.com guest blogger Jess Walter, The Zero
- Taylor Branch, At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965–68
- Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone
- Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
- Peter Hessler, Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present
- Lawrence Wright, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
- Louise GlÃ¼ck, Averno
- H.L. Hix, Chromatic
- Ben Lerner, Angle of Yaw
- Nathaniel Mackey, Splay Anthem
- James McMichael, Capacity
Young People's Literature
- M.T. Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party
- Martine Leavitt, Keturah and Lord Death
- Patricia McCormick, Sold
- Nancy Werlin, The Rules of Survival
- Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese
In a truly egregious oversight that will no doubt inspire howls of protest from the literary masses, Quill Book of the Year Don't Make a Black Woman Take off Her Earrings was somehow overlooked.
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