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Read a Winner

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Brief-JamesCongratulations to the 2015 Man Booker Prize winner, Marlon James, for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings!

The Man Booker Prize goes to the best literary fiction written in English, as voted on by a panel of five judges. Originally limited to authors from the United Kingdom & Commonwealth, the Man Booker was recently expanded to include any author writing originally in English and published in the UK.

This year’s Man Booker winner offers a fictionalized oral history recounting assassination attempts on Bob Marley during the late 1970s in Jamaica. Mr. James is the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker. The Chair of this year’s judges, Michael Wood, says of the book: ‘It is a crime novel that moves beyond the world of crime and takes us deep into a recent history we know far too little about. It moves at a terrific pace and will come to be seen as a classic of our times.’

To see past winners of the Man Booker, National Book Award, and Pulitzer see our Fiction Winners handout.

National Book Award

While you’re on the wait list for this year’s Man Booker winner, why not get ahead of the game and read on of the books short-listed for next month’s National Book Award. Here are library links to explore the Adult Fiction and Adult Nonfiction nominees.

 

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Fiction

Karen E. Bender, Refund
Angela Flournoy, The Turner House
Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies
Adam Johnson, Fortune Smiles
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

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Nonfiction

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Sally Mann, Hold Still
Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus
Carla Power, If the Oceans Were Ink
Tracy K. Smith, Ordinary Light

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