With two more days until the Nobel Prize for Literature’s announcement, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o has emerged as the front-runner, with Ladbrokes noting odds have been slashed from 75-1 to 11/4. Cormac McCarthy is the 2nd favorite at 3-1.
The National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list for this year includes:
Sarah Braunstein, The Sweet Relief of Missing Children (W.W. Norton & Co., 2011)
Grace Krilanovich, The Orange Eats Creeps (Two Dollar Radio, 2010)
TÃ©a Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife (Random House, 2011)
Tiphanie Yanique, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf, 2010)
Paul Yoon, Once the Shore (Sarabande, 2009)
Small presses dominated the Giller Prize shortlist, with only one author, David Bergen, represented from a major house (HarperCollins). The other nominees include Alexander McLeod (Biblioasis) Sarah Selecky (Thomas Allen) Johanna Skibsrud (Gaspereau Press) and Kathleen Winter (House of Anansi)
Steve Hely won the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his novel HOW I BECAME A FAMOUS NOVELIST (Black Cat)
Serbian-born Swiss author Melinda Nadi Abonji has won the German Book Prize.
B&N Recommends has chosen CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER by Tom Franklin (William Morrow) as their latest pick.