Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Man Booker Prize judges tell authors: stop being so long-winded

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Stacy Diaz | 17 October, 2018, 01:15

Anna Burns and Daisy Johnson, both from the United Kingdom, have earned their place in the last six with novels that have so far generated lukewarm praise. Two Graywolf poets were finalists for the prestigious Forward Prize, and this week, one of them-Danez Smith-won.

The much-talked about graphic novel Nick Drnaso's Sabrina, unfortunately, could not make the shortlist and neither did two-time Booker victor Michael Ondaatje.

In the shortlist for the man Booker prize includes six writers from USA, Canada and UK.

"We occasionally felt that inside the book we read was a better one - sometimes a thinner one - wildly signalling to be let out", said Kwame Anthony Appiah, chairman of the judges.

Daisy Johnson became the youngest writer ever nominated for the Pulitzer prize, she is only 27 years old. "In each of them the language takes centre stage".

This isn't the first time Kushner has received awards buzz.

Johnson's Everything Under tells the tale of a girl living on a canal boat, mixing memory and "personal mythologies" as she looks back to her youth and examines language. And yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time. "From Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but which we can all be enriched by getting to know", Appiah said.

Burn's Milkman is among six novels published this year that have qualified for the final shortlist as voted for by a six person panel. Each one explores the anatomy of pain - among the incarcerated and on a slave plantation, in a society fractured by sectarian violence, and even in the natural world.

Edugyan, author of Washington Black, is the only 2018 contender to have been shortlisted previously, for Half-Blood Blues in 2011. The victor will be announced October 16, 2018.

Edugyan, who beat out Booker-longlisted author Michael Ondaatje, was also recently longlisted for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize. The victor will receive a cheque for 50 thousand pounds sterling.