Man Booker Prize
Back in 1969 a foundation was formed with the intention of helping to create the widest possible readership for good literature. The only criteria is that the wide spectrum of judges agree that it is the best written novel published in the United Kingdom. Although it had little impact when it started it is now very influential and many British book buyers rush to get its selection each year. Only recently did the foundation’s definitions open up so in the last couple of years Americans who have books published in the United Kingdom. Previously it was limited to books published in the UK by authors from the Common Wealth.
This year’s winner was American Marlon James for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings. James was born in Jamaica which is the setting of his prize winning novel. Today he lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and teaches at Macalester College when not working on his next book.
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Recently after an event held by the Hennepin County Library (Minnesota), James took a minute to talk about how he got interested in books and in support for libraries. As you will hear in the video, the first novel James remembers reading was Little House in the Big Woods and it made him hungry for more.
Thanks for passing the video on Connie Neumann and Sara Alt.