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Friday, October 17, 2008

Indian Author Wins Man Booker

Aravind Adiga, who lives in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay), India has won the Man Booker Prize for his first novel The White Tiger. The novel is an angry, dark and comic look at one man’s journey from village life to entrepreneurial success.

The prize is awarded each year to the best fiction written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Adiga is the fifth Indian author to win the prize, joining V.S. Naipal, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai, who won in 1971, 1981, 1997 and 2006 respectively.

The author, who attended Columbia and Oxford, is a former Time correspondent for India. His articles have also appeared in publications such as The Financial Times, Independent and Sunday Times.

The shortlist of other books owned by the library that were considered for the award includes:

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Sea of Poppies by Amitav Gosh

The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher

A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

You can download a teaser section of each of the shortlisted titles to a mobile phone by following the directions on the Man Booker Web site.

Don’t Miss . . .
Wed., Oct. 22, 1 p.m. Patrick Henry Library
The Airmen and the Headhunters. Judith Heimann discusses her book The Airmen and the Headhunters: a True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II. Adults.

Sat., Oct. 18, 10:30 a.m. Sherwood Regional Library
Harambee Readers. Are You Raising the Next Generation of Hoodlums? by Dr. Joyce Willard-Teal. Lecture, book discussion and signing. Adults.

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