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We are immensely pleased that Jessica Moore’s translation of Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal has made the Man Booker International Prize longlist!
Published in Canada by Talonbooks, Mend the Living was simultaneously published in the United Kingdom by MacLehose Press, and it is the English edition that is eligible for the Prize. (A different translation of Maylis de Kerangal’s novel, by Sam Taylor, was published in the United States by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.) Twelve other worthy literary competitors have been nominated; see the longlist here.
The Man Booker International Prize celebrates the finest in global fiction, going to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the United Kingdom. Judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines. The winner of the Man Booker Prize receives £50,000 and, like all the shortlisted authors, a cheque for £2,500 and a designer-bound copy of their book. In the case of a work in translation (like Mend the Living), the £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author of the winning book and its translator.
This is the first longlist ever to have been announced for the Man Booker International Prize, which recently joined forces with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and is now awarded annually on the basis of a single book. The judges considered 155 books. The judges will announce a shortlist of six books on April 14, and the winner of the 2016 Prize will be announced on May 16 at a formal dinner.
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!
Our Spiritual Lives
We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon
A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …Tuesday September 26, 2017 in Meta-Talon
From Oral to Written is a study of Native literature published in Canada between 1980 and 2010, a catalogue of amazing books that sparked the embers of a dormant voice. Leading Aboriginal author Tomson Highway surveys the first wave of Native writers published in Canada, highlighting the most gifted authors and the best stories they have told, offering non-Native readers access to reconciliation and understanding, and at the same time engendering among Native readers pride in a stellar body of work. On Meta-Talon, read a selection from Highway’s prologue.
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