Esi Edugyan and Carol Birch in the Man Booker Prize 2011 shortlist

Julian Barnes, Carol Birch, Patrick deWitt, Esi Edugyan, Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller  have been announced as the six shortlisted authors for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The Man Booker Prize has been described variously as ‘Posh bingo’ and ‘the indispensable literary thermometer’. Each year the prize promotes the finest in new fiction and rewards the year’s best novel, securing international renown for its shortlisted and longlisted authors and giving book lovers worldwide a choice reading list.

The shortlist was announced by Chair of Judges, author and former Director-General of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington, at a press conference held at Man’s London headquarters. Of the two women writers in the Man Booker Prize 2011 shortlist , Carol Birch has enjoyed success with the prize in the past with her Turn Again Home being longlisted for the 2003 prize. The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on Tuesday 18 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast on the BBC.

Esi Edugyan | Half Blood Blues

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan has a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003, ed. Joyce Carol Oates, and Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing (2006).

Her debut novel, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally. It was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, was a More Book Lust selection, and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of 2004′s Books to Remember.

Half-Blood Blues is an electric, heart-breaking story about music, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Visit her website here.

Carol Birch | Jamrach’s Menagerie

Carol BirchCarol Birch is the author of nine previous novels including Scapegallows and Turn Again Home, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. She has won the Geoffrey Faber Award and the David Higham Award. Her latest novel, Jamrach’s Menagerie, is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.

” Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London’s East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal. Plucked from the jaws of death by Mr Jamrach – explorer, entrepreneur and collector of the world’s strangest creatures – the two strike up a friendship. Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the Dutch East Indies, on an unusual commission for Mr Jamrach. His journey – if he survives it – will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits. In Jamrach’s Menagerie, young Jaf sets sail for the South Seas in search of a ‘sea dragon’ !”

Carol Birch lives in Lancashire.

The winner of Man Booker Prize 2011  will receive £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, will receive £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.

For more on the short-listed authors, click here.

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