The Man Booker Prize long list was announced this week. For the first time the previously British-author-only nominations include novels written in English from across the world.
Tops on my must-read list are “The Dog,” by Joseph O’Neil and “The Bone Clocks,” by David Mitchell. On September 9, judges will pare down the list to six titles, and on October 14, the Booker Prize winner will be announced.
Other books are the long list are:
“To Rise Again at a Decent Hour,” by Joshua Ferris.
“The Narrow Road to the Deep North,” by Richard Flanagan
“We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves,” by Karen Joy Fowler.
“The Blazing World,” by Siri Hustvedt
“J. Howard Jacobson,” by Jonathan Cape
“The Wake,” by Paul Kingsnorth
“The Lives of Others,” by Neel Mukherjee
“Us,” by David Nicholls
“Orfeo,” by Richard Powers
“How to be Both,” by Ali Smith
“History of the Rain,” by Niall Williams
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Read, set, snap. Kids ages 9-13 have until Friday, August 1, to complete their entry for the Missourian’s Photo Scavenger Hunt Contest. The contest involves taking photos based on a similar contest in the June Book Buzz Pick “Half a Chance,” by Cynthia Lord.
The first place winner will receive a camera. Five runners-up will receive a signed copy of “Half a Chance.”
Photographers are invited to take pictures that best represent 25 different words or phrases. For example, “At the Shore,” “Exit,” “Unexpected,” “A Closer Look,” “Wonder,” “Texture,” and others.
The photographs are to be submitted on a CD which can be mailed or dropped off at The Missourian office, 14 W. Main St., Washington, MO. 63090.
Details about the contest, and an official entry form, can be found on emissourian.com. Select Features, then Missourian in Education, from the drop down menu.
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Book donations for the annual Friends of the Washington Public Library Book Sale are now being accepted at the library during normal hours of operation. Hardback and paperback fiction and non-fiction books, audio-visual items and magazines, not older than two years, will be accepted.
The book sale will be held Friday, September 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. for Friends of the Library members. The sale will be open to all on Saturday, September 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, September 22, from noon to 4 p.m.