13 Facts About This Year’s Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_2013I did me some internet sleuthing this morning.  Don’t judge.  Seriously, how productive have YOU been today?

In no particular order, here are 13 facts about this year’s Man Booker nominated authors and/or titles that you probably haven’t heard about.

Or maybe you have.

Or maybe you’re lying.

Whatever the case may be, I’m not here to rain on your literary parade  Take credit.  Look smart. Impress your friends.  But above all, enjoy.

Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary is the shortest novel ever considered for the award.

Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart was rejected 47 times before being accepted for publication.

An e-copy of Richard House’s Sutler (book one of The Kills) can be all yours for the low, low price of a tweet.

In addition to loving cat asses and dog balls, Canadian author Ruth Ozeki is a Zen Buddhist priest.

Financially speaking, based on royalties, awards, and prizes, Tash Aw is the most successful Malaysian writer of the past 8 years.

NoViolet Bulawayo is a pen name.  Her real name is Elizabeth Tshele.

At 27 years old, Elizabeth Catton is the youngest of this year’s crop of nominees.  She was at home cooking dinner when she received the news.

Jim Crace is an avid birdwatcher.  Harvest is his 13th novel and this is his second Booker nomination (1997 – Quarantine)

Eve Harris’ novel The Marrying of Chani Kaufman contains A LOT of Yiddish words, and while the novel does come with a partial glossary, ebook readers will be dismayed to learn that there is no easy way to jump back and forth between the text and the provided definitions.

Jhumpa Lahiri is credited with having written three episodes of the HBO series In Treatment.

Alison Macleod is employed as a professor of Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

Colum McCann writes in a 9th-floor apartment sitting with a computer device on his lap on the floor of a cupboard with no windows located between “two very tight walls,” surrounded by messages written by himself and others.  SERIOUSLY!

Charlotte Mendelson claims that after years of being a heterosexual that she suddenly woke up a lesbian one day and hasn’t looked back since.


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