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The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Is Here: Today in Books

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announcement

Among the titles to make it on the shortlist are Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, and History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. According to the Guardian piece announcing the winners, judges were questioned about the Americanization of the UK award. Half of the authors selected for the shortlist are from the US. I was sure we’d see Arundhati Roy listed, but there you go.

Aaand We’ve Got The National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

As mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter, the National Book Awards is releasing their longlist in pieces. Today they released the longlist for Poetry and, what with the proliferation of Instagram poets, I wonder if a lot more readers will pay attention to the list this year, compared to recent years. You won’t find Rupi Kaur here, but Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith made the list, as did three debut collections, including When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen.

Solving The Mystery of My Immortal

I find this story fascinating, even though I was only recently initiated into the mysteries of My Immortal. We are talking about the tale dubbed the worst fanfic ever and its mysterious writer. Vox wrote an in-depth piece about this fanfic phenomenon and the work’s author, Rose Christo, who reemerged and revealed her true identity after about 10 years of silence. You can read all about the legend of My Immortal, Christo’s upcoming memoir, and how it’s all connected to that other what-the-what story about Lani Sarem of Handbook for Mortals and New York Times best-seller list infamy.

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