Hello all, it's Booker Prize Announcement Day! While I have been hovering over the imminent release of this year's Man Booker Prize winner, I stumbled across some serious prize news (and maybe you all already know this and I am just living under a rock but...) Next year they are going to start incluindg works by American authors??!?!
Can we discuss this??
As an American, on the one hand I've always been a little irked by this commonwealth-only stuffiness. It feels a little like its affirming a certain Colonialst mindset (No, you can't participate because you rebelled against British Rule before it was OK). But on the other hand, there are already several American literature prizes, and I read the winners and moninees of those from time to time to get my fix of American literature. One thing I've always liked about the Booker is that it is my window into the rest of English literature, and I get to read high-quality works by authors from incredibly diverse international perspecitves. So if this means that the Bookers will now consist of mostly American works (and I am by no means suggesting that this will inevitably be the case), then maybe this is a disappointing change in the rules.
Anyone else excited/disappointed?