I’m tired tonight, because I was out all evening long. So here’s just some links for today:
At the Book View Café, Shannon Donnelly discusses what makes characters real.
The 2011 Booker Prize shortlist has been announced. The list is definitely interesting. Only one well-known name (Julian Barnes), several unknowns and two debut novelists. What is more, a couple of the shortlisted novels actually sound like something I might like to read. Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman about a young Ghanaian immigrant growing up in a violence and crime-ridden London council estate probably also got a boost by become extremely topical due to the recent riots.
There seems to be some controversy that Alan Hollinghurst did not make the shortlist, but then it’s not as if Hollinghurst doesn’t have a Booker Prize already. Of course, the novel by the one author I have actually met in person (As the only student who had a car, I was hired to pick her up from the hotel and drive her to the university, where she was due to give a reading and a talk to English students) did not make the shortlist either, though no one except me seems bothered.