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The Man Booker Prize altered their criteria for the 2014 Man Booker awards, and therefore our collaborative project, BookerMarks has decided to alter their criteria for 2014 as well.

Previously, the Man Booker was a literary prize awarded annually for an outstanding novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations or Ireland, published in the U.K., and written in English.  Previous winners of this highly esteemed award include Salman Rushdie, Penelope Lively, Ian McEwan, and Margaret Atwood.

Following the 2013 Man Booker Prize announcement (congratulations to Eleanor Catton on her win for her novel, The Luminaries), the trustees of the Man Booker Prize decided to expand eligibility for entry for future prizes to include novels originally written in English and published in the UK, regardless of the nationality of their author.

This year, owing to the changes made to the Man Booker and to the more pressured work and personal lives of the BookerMarks , we will be taking on a largely laid back approach in covering the long-and-short-lists for the award.

This year we will have approximately 5 bloggers from 3 independent blogs contributing to BookerMarks. We may have reviews posted by those that participated in the past as well – time allowing. While we have less than in previous years, we still anticipate a good coverage of our thoughts on these lists, but coverage will not be as extensive as we’ve done in the last two years. We’ll post as many reviews from the longlist as we can, and those reviews will be posted here and on our corresponding blogs.  Once the shortlist is announced, we will try to increase our coverage to review all those included, although perhaps not all from every member of the BookerMarks.

Contributors to BookerMarks include:

Literary Hoarders: The Literary Hoarders are 3 women (Elizabeth, Jackie & Penny) with out of control book hoarding issues.

A Reader and a Rider: A Reader and a Rider is a blog that encompasses Michelle Williams’ two passions – reading and cycling.

The Well Read Fish: This Fish is an avid reader, writer, runner, and has been known to do the flying trapeze (completely true). In addition to literary treats and reviews, The Well Read Fish likes to pair like books with like books, be it by subject, style, setting . . . The Well Read Fish is a New York fish living in Seattle, loving it and occasionally struggling with it.

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