Booker Long List / Huge Advances / Finding Muses

August 15, 2006

Ebooks Are Moving
“More than 30 million books were downloaded in the past month as part of the World eBook Fair,” writes David Mehegan in the Boston Globe.

Booker Nominees Announced
Here’s the list of the 19 novelists and their novels nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the British Commonwealth’s version of America’s National Book Award: Peter Carey,
Theft: A Love Story, Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss, Robert Edric, Gathering the Water, Nadine Gordimer, Get a Life, Kate Grenville, The Secret River, M.J. Hyland, Carry Me Down, Howard Jacobson, Kalooki Nights, James Lasdun, Seven Lies, Mary Lawson, The Other Side of the Bridge, Jon McGregor, So Many Ways to Begin, Hisham Matar, In the Country of Men, Claire Mesud, The Emperor’s Children, David Mitchell, Black Swan Green, Naeem Murr, The Perfect Man, Andrew O’Hagan, Be Near Me, James Robertson, The Testament of Gideon Mack, Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk, Barry Unsworth, The Ruby in her Navel, and Sarah Waters, The Night Watch.

John Ezard serves up an analysis of the nominees in an essay for the Guardian.And Neil Smith for the BBC wonders at the lack of comedic writers on the list.

Looking for Novelist Goodbar
Motoko Rich in the New York Times looks at why Henry Holt & Company gave Jeb Rubenfeld a half million dollar advance on the lawyer’s first novel.

Finding One’s Muse
Yesterday, the blog Critical Mass reviewed how writers have found their muses. It is based on Diane Ackerman’s
A Natural History of the Senses.

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