Round-up: Awards, Shortlists and Longlists (2)

There is more to report on the 2011 literary awards season:

The longlist for the 2011 Orange Prize was announced on March 16th.

  • Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – Sudanese; 3rd Novel
  • Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate) – British; 10th Novel
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador) – Irish; 7th Novel
  • The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury) – Indian; 1st Novel
  • Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber) – British; 6th Novel
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair) – American; 4th Novel
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury) – British/Sierra Leonean; 2nd Novel
  • The London Train by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape) – British; 4th Novel
  • Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre) – British; 1st Novel
  • The Seas by Samantha Hunt (Corsair) – American; 1st Novel
  • The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber and Faber) – British; 2nd Novel
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss (Viking) – American; 3rd Novel
  • The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone (Chatto & Windus) – American; 3rd Novel
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – Serbian/American; 1st Novel
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Viking) – American; 1st Novel
  • Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile (Serpent’s Tail) – British; 1st Novel
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Chatto & Windus) – American; 1st Novel
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Serpent’s Tail) – British/Nigerian; 1st Novel
  • The Swimmer by Roma Tearne (Harper Press) – British; 4th Novel
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape) – Canadian; 1st Novel

There are three African writers (in bold) on the list :).  I’m really really happy about that.  I’ve read only one book on the longlist. The shortlist will be announced on April 12th.  I think this year I will join in the frenzy and read the entire shortlist.  Eve’s Alexandria has a wonderful post with synopsis on all the titles on the longlist. Good luck to the African contenders!

The Miles Franklin Award released its longlist on March 17th.  This award is Australia’s most prestigious literary award.  That Deadman’s Dance, which won the South East and Pacific region’s best book of the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize, is on the longlist.  As usual, for everyting Miles Franklin, I refer you to ANZ Litlovers Litblog.

Bi Feiyu has won the 2011 MAN Asian Literary Prize  for his novel Three Sisters. The other shortlisted titles were:

  • Serious Men by Manu Joseph
  • The Thing About Thugs by Tabish Khair
  • The Changeling by Kenzaburo Oe
  • Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa
  • The Thing about Thugs by Tabish Khair

The winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Fiction award is Deborah Eisenberg for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg.

Congratulation to winners and nominees



  1. I made the same resolution to read the shortlist. I also forgot about it and started buying some of the titles on the longlist already. I’m somehow very excited about the longlist this year, but haven’t read any of the titles yet.


    • I’ve heard that The Memory of Love might be a strong contender for the shortlist. I wish the three authors the best of luck.


  2. Again a ton of awards that I hadn’t known of (other than the Orange Prize). Reading the short list would be fun, I hope that the African titles all make it!


    • Longlist are just too long for me to attempt of read all the books. But I think I can manage the shortlist. At least, I hope I don’t get sidetracked :).


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