Sunday, August 3, 2008

Booker Controversy

In typical fashion, controversy is already brewing over the long list for the 2008 Booker Prize. For the first time, the panel of judges deigned to long list genre fiction, in this case a thriller. As reported by The Guardian, Jamie Byng--the head of independent Edinburgh publisher Canongate--posted a note on the Man Booker website stating, "I cannot respect a judging committee that decides to pick a book like Child 44, a fairly well-written and well-paced thriller that is no more than that ...."

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