Man Booker Prize announces 2011 shortlist

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The six-book shortlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize was announced Tuesday; Patrick deWitt, a former Los Angeles bartender, made the cut with his bawdy cowboy noir, ‘The Sisters Brothers.’ The Man Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes, comes with an award of about $80,000.

DeWitt, in the running for the award for the first time, outlasted Alan Hollinghurst, who won the Booker in 2004 and was shortlisted in 1994. Two of the authors remaining on the shortlist do have histories with the prize: Julian Barnes has twice been shortlisted and Carol Birch has previously been shortlisted. The shortlist also includes two first-time novelists, Stephen Kelman and A.D. Miller.


The six books shortlisted for the Man Booker prize are:

Julian Barnes ‘The Sense of an Ending’ (coming January) Carol Birch ‘Jamrach’s Menagerie’ (out now) Patrick deWitt ‘The Sisters Brothers’ (out now) Esi Edugyan ‘Half Blood Blues’ (no U.S. publication date available) Stephen Kelman ‘Pigeon English’ (out now) A.D. Miller ‘Snowdrops’ (out now)

The Man Booker Prize will be presented at a ceremony Oct. 18 in London.


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