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Friday, May 09, 2008

What’s in a Name?

The Man-Booker Prize is running a contest to determine the best title name for Booker-winning novel. (The prize is awarded each year to the best original, full-length, non-self-published novel written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland). “Paper Cuts,” the New York Times Book blog reports that while the Booker contest has closed, ABEBooks has been conducting its own poll and thinks The Life of Pi, by Yann Martel will be the top choice. Other contenders are Midnight’s Children by Salmon Rushdie, God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy and Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.

To join the publisher’s contest, vote here.

If we transfer the contest across the pond, what do you think is the best title for a book written by an American author?

Save This Date . . .
May 12, 2008. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
If you, or someone you know, has vision impairment, plan on attending VisionQuest, a technology fair cosponsored by the Access Services branch of the Fairfax County Public Library. The day’s activities will be held at the Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road, Alexandria, VA 22306. For more information call 703-765-4573, TTY 711.

VisionQuest 2008 will feature assistive equipment demonstrations, free glaucoma testing and light refreshments. Specialty technology exhibits will include two of the newest developments including the VictorReader Stream portable DAISY player, approved for use with the National Library Service, Library of Congress (NLS) digital talking books, and the knfbReader, the first cell phone designed to read to individuals with vision impairments, dyslexia or learning disabilities.

1 comment:

jefferson said...

I think that " To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee should be considered for the best title for an American novel.