On the Books: Writers remember Oscar Hijuelos; the U.K. preps for tomorrow's Man Booker Prize announcement

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Today’s top books headlines include essays dedicated to the late Oscar Hijuelos, more chatter about the Man Booker Prize, and book announcements from Carl Bernstein and Alice Walker. Read on for more:

The literary world remembered novelist Oscar Hijuelos, who died on Saturday at age 62. The late author’s friend Gustavo Perez Firmat told NPR that Hijuelos “helped to open doors with both publishers and readers to other Latino writers,” while Hector Tobar of the Los Angeles Times called Hijuelos “a cultural pioneer.”

The winner of the Man Booker Prize will be announced tomorrow, and The Telegraph breaks down the favorites, including Jhumpa Lahiri, Colm Toibin, and Jim Crace. But the controversy about including American writers is still not over, with former winner Julian Barnes commenting that British writers will be damaged by the new rules. [The Telegraph]

Back in the States, poet, professor and critic James Emanuel died Sept. 28 at age 92, according to The New York Times. His work commented on racism in America and in an interview with NPR, Emanuel explained, “If America ever solves its racial problem, it will be the greatest country in the world.”

On to some book announcements: Carl Bernstein will release a memoir in 2016 about his experience as a journalist at The Washington Star, the D.C. newspaper that folded in 1981.

The Color Purple author Alice Walker will publish a book called Gathering Blossoms Under Fire, a compilation of excerpts from her personal diaries, in 2017. [AP]

And for your must-reads of the day: Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding talked her evolution as a writer and why she took Bridget in the controversial new direction. [USA Today]

Meanwhile, Nathaniel Popkin took an in-depth look at Oscar Wilde’s stint as a journalist. [The Smart Set]

Finally, writers, it’s time to go to Iceland: The island nation is home to the largest percentage of writers in its population — one in 10 people there will publish a book. [BBC News]

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