On the Books: Eleanor Catton wins Man Booker Prize; National Book Award finalists announced

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Awards dominate today’s book news, with the youngest winner of the Man Booker Prize announced Tuesday night and the National Book Award finalists revealed this morning. Below, more of today’s top headlines and must-reads:

The Luminaries author Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize and, at 28, became the youngest person to ever win. [EW]

And to follow up, Man Booker judge Robert Douglas-Fairhust talked how The Luminaries was chosen as the winning book. [The Telegraph]

Stateside, the National Book Foundation unveiled the 2013 National Book Award finalists in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature this morning. The full list can be reviewed here, and winners will be announced November 20. [EW]

Here’s an illuminating read on the 3000 or so Russian volunteers who proofread about 46,800 pages of Leo Tolstoy’s writings for the writer’s museum, helping to make his body of work — novels, diaries, letters, and more — available online much sooner than before. [The New Yorker]

Another thought-provoking read from The New Yorker: Brad Leithauser explores “unusable words.” [The New Yorker]

Linda Holmes’ write-up for NPR on James Franco’s new book is spot on: “It’s not really a novel; it’s really a collection of… stuff. Loosely — like, ‘XXXL shirt on XXXS body’ loosely.” [NPR]

Finally, here’s a look back at New York Comic-Con from a publishing perspective. [Publishers Weekly]

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