On the Books: American authors land on Booker Prize longlist

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Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt, and Richard Powers are the Americans who made this year’s Man Booker Prize longlist. For the first time, Britain’s most prestigious literary award is open to authors in the U.S., as long as the books are also published in Britain. The list is male-dominated: only three of its 13 writers are women. The toast of America’s literary establishment last year, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, was snubbed. Last year, 28-year-old author Eleanor Catton won for her 800-page novel The Luminaries. A shortlist will be announced on September 9th, and the winner on October 14th. [The New York Times]

In Amazon news, vice president of Kindle Content Russ Grandinetti has asked authors to stop complaining about the company. A group of authors—including Lee Child, Stephen King, John Grisham, and James Patterson—are planning to publish a full-page ad in The New York Times explaining why they are siding against Amazon in the Amazon-Hachette dispute. Grandinetti asked the group to stop publication of the ad, and proposed a plan where Amazon to stock Hachette titles and give authors standard royalties on ebooks. While Amazon and Hachette continue to negotiate among themselves, the proceeds each company normally earns would go to a literacy charity. [Publishers Weekly]

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell recently tweeted out a short story, “The Right Sort,” over the course of several days. The Millions has conveniently rounded up the tweets into one page. According to them, “The Right Sort” takes place in the same universe as Mitchell’s upcoming novel The Bone Clocks (also shortlisted for the Booker). [The Millions]

Over at The New Republic, Tom Bissell profiles the prolific novelist, journalist, and former Unabomber suspect William T. Vollman. [The New Republic]

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