July 2013 | Rebecca Rego Barry


bookermania.jpgEarlier this week, the Man Booker longlist was announced. This prize, which comes with a $58,000 check, is one of the world's top literary awards; to be eligible, a novel must have been published originally in English by a living author who is a citizen of the Commonwealth, the Republic of Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Thirteen titles will now vie for shortlist status before the prestigious prize is finally conferred. Here is the longlist:

Tash Aw - Five Star Billionaire
Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries
Jim Crace - Harvest
Eve Harris - The Marrying of Chani Kaufman
Richard House - The Kill
Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland
Alison MacLeod - Unexploded
Colum McCann - TransAtlantic
Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English
Ruth Ozeki - A Tale for the Time Being
Donal Ryan - The Spinning Heart
Colm Tóibín - The Testament of Mary

On the heels of that announcement, The Morgan Library announced a fall exhibit on the history of the Booker. Bookermania: 45 Years of the Man Booker Prize will showcase proofs, printed books, manuscripts, artworks, letters, and promotional material. That exhibit opens on Sept. 13.

Photo by Graham S. Haber, via The Morgan Library online.