There is now a shortlist of potential winners for this year’s Man Booker Prize. For the first time in the award’s history, authors from the U.S. have been eligible to make the cut. There are three British novelists – Ali Smith (How to be Both), Neel Mukherjee (The Lives of Others) and Howard Jacobson, the winner from 2010 – in addition to the two Americans and one Australian: Karen Joy Fowler (We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves), Joshua Ferris (To Rise Again at a Decent Hour) and Richard Flanagan (The Narrow Road to the Deep North) respectively. The winner will be announced 14 October. Fun fact, Karen Joy Fowler wrote 2004’s The Jane Austen Book Club.
The list of the world’s top-earning authors now includes Veronica Roth of Divergent fame, who apparently earned over £10 million last year. Gillian Flynn, writer of Gone Girl, and John Green – YA hero and author of The Fault in Our Stars – are also now on the list. The prolific James Patterson, unsurprisingly, tops the list.
The Poetry Book Society has announced their selection of new rising stars in the poetry world to keep an eye on. The Next Generation’ list is only created once a decade, with poets ranging in age this year from 27 to 66. This year includes twenty writers, with more than half of them women.
Graham Joyce, author of Some Kind of Fairy Tale (2012), passed away on Tuesday at the age of 59. The award-winning British writer was known for his fantasy stories, novels and shorter works.
Alan Moore has finished writing a million-word novel, Jerusalem. Though far from publication (Moore has completed a first draft of this monumental novel), the announcement of this book by Moore’s daughter on social media has already drawn publicity for its length: around twice that of War and Peace. For a story set in the small town of Northampton, it’s quite a feat! Apparently, the novel will feature Joycean segments, a chapter styled like a Samuel Beckett play, and fantasy and historical aspects in the plot.
A good bit of extra reading this week: Quirk Books has compiled ten books about book lovers: from children’s stories to New York Times bestsellers.