Friday, October 15, 2010

Tasting plate


Howard Jacobson is all over the internet thanks to his surprise win in the 2010 Man Booker Prize with The Finkler Question, sold out now at a bookstore near you.
So is Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mario Vargas Llosa. He sounds like an interesting dude (among others he wrote The Bad Girl, based on Madame Bovary, and Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter). Bookforum.com has compiled a swag of interviews and info about him from NPR, LRBParis Review and The Guardian.
America is abuzz with the announcement of finalists in the National Book Award and the name causing most of the commotion is Jonathan Franzen, whose mega-selling Freedom didn't make the list. Peter Carey did - go figure.
Berkelouw has a flash new website.
And, it's Friday! Which means tomorrow is Saturday - when my favourite writing chair will arrive fresh from being restored after an unfortunate * ahem * reclining incident...
Happy weekend :)

3 comments:

yakshaver said...

What? Peter Carey is a more than acceptable writer, and a damn lot better than Frenzen.

Rubyfire Writes said...

I've tried to like Carey, but I just can't get into any of his books. There was an interesting review of his latest here:
http://www.lrb.co.uk/v32/n15/nicholas-spice/forged-forger-forget
If you need a password to read it let me know.

yakshaver said...

I guess, as the Latins used to say, de gustibus et coloribus non disputandum est. My bro-in-law, a very literate man and now Dean of History/English, does not get Rushdie. I could not get past the first 3 chapters of An Episode of Sparrows (Rumer Godden)... To each their own (blind spot).