Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nobel Prize Speculation

It’s that time of year again. As always, the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced on a Thursday in October. There are five possible dates to choose from: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, or 29. Last year, the announcement came on October 9th. But, since the Academy doesn’t begin deliberations until October, we can likely rule out October 1 and even October 8th is optimistic. I’m guessing we’ll get the announcement on the 15th or the 22nd.

The British bookies are already offering odds:
  • Amos Oz 4/1
  • Assia Djebar 5/1
  • Luis Goytisola 6/1
  • Joyce Carol Oates 7/1
  • Philip Roth 7/1
  • Adonis 8/1
  • Antoni Tabucchi 9/1
  • Claudio Magris 9/1
  • Haruki Murakami 9/1
  • Thomas Pynchon 9/1
Last year's winner, J.M.G. Le Clézio, started out at with odds around 14/1. Magris, Oz, Oates, and Roth were also favorites last year.

For more details, see Literary Saloon.

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