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David Kipen previews the Man Booker Prize shortlist

by Brand & Martínez

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British author Hilary Mantel holds a copy of her historical fiction novel 'Wolf Hall' after being awarded the 2009 Man Booker prize. Mantel is again on the shortlist for the prestigious literary award. BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Whether you consume your literature on an Apple device, or an old-fashioned printed book, you might want to check out some of the titles that made it onto this year's shortlist for The Man Booker Prize, which honors literary achievement by authors writing in British Commonwealth or former commonwealth countries.

It's one of the most prestigious prizes in the literary world, and comes with an award worth about $80,000. The judging panel announced this year's shortlist in London this morning.

This year's list had some surprises and some more expected choices, like bestselling author Hilary Mantel's "Bringing up the Bodies." Mantel has already has won a Man Booker prize in the past.

Tan Twan Eng, born and raised in Malaysia, previously made the Man Booker Prize longlist with his first novel, and has now reached the shortlist with his second, "The Garden of Evening Mists."

Books that readers might be less familiar with is "Swimming Home" by Deborah Levy and Jeet Thayil's "Narcopolis." Thayil, an Indian-born author, was raised in Hong Kong, India and the U.S., and is also a musician and poet.

Other shortlisted books include “The Lighthouse,” by Alison Moore and “Umbrella,” by Will Self.


David Kipen, literary critic, and founder of the bookstore/lending library Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights, located near the Metro Gold Line

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