My class on the Man Booker Literary Prize will be starting January 10 at the Oakton Community College Emeritus program. There will be six sessions on Tuesday mornings. The final session is February 14. Here is the reading list:
In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle
White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
Registration begins on November 14.You can register online at http://www.oakton.edu/conted or by phone at 847-982-9888
As many critics warned, the internationalization of the Man Booker Prize implemented just last year, would soon lead to American domination of the competition. And this year, five of the thirteen books on the longlist are by American authors. I don’t know if this is quite domination, but still it represents a significant segment of the longlist finalists.
These five 2015 selections are: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara; A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler; Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg; Lila by Marilynne Robinson; and The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami.
I will be discussing these five books and their authors at The Book Stall in Winnetka on the evening of Thursday, September 10. The Book Stall is located at 811 Elm Street, and the free presentation begins at 6:30 pm.