Every year, I challenge myself to read the Man Booker Shortlist. The Man Booker Prize was launched in 1969, and aims “to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom.” The judges first release a longlist of thirteen novels, and then a shortlist of six novels.
A shortlist nomination guarantees the author will be internationally recognized and read. It’s not always easy reading but it ensures I at least try to read diversely and avoid my usual non-fiction reading rut. When Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel was nominated in 2009, I had zero interest in reading about Anne Boleyn. By the end of the first chapter, I had found my next favorite author. Mantel published , Bring Up the Bodies , in 2012 and won the Man Booker AGAIN!
The National Book Award is another great list to choose from. This American literary award was established in 1950 and awards fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. They releases a longlist of ten titles for each category every year. This year we are pretty excited to see that Donald Hall has been nominated!
We’ve put together two lists for you within our catalog system–you can put them on hold directly from these links. Here are the Man Booker nominees and the National Book Award nominees for 2016. We’ll add more as they become available and several are still on order so check back. Happy reading!