Another international prize is in the offing: The Man Booker International Prize, which is now awarded annually for a single title. The shortlist for the 2017 prize has been announced, with two authors from Israel, and one each from Argentina, Denmark, France and Norway.
The full list, showing Author (nationality), Translator, Title, is:
- Mathias Enard (France), Charlotte Mandell (US), Compass
- David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen (US), A Horse Walks Into a Bar
- Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett (UK), Don Shaw (UK), The Unseen
- Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra (US), Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
- Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange (UK), Judas
- Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell (US), Fever Dream
Not all titles are issued in Australia, but we do have copies of Fever Dream (HB, $20), and we’re very to hunt out any others for fans of great fiction in translation. Stand by for the announcement of the winner on 14 June (UK time).
It is an excellent week for readers aged 8 to 11. Not only is there a brand-new Timmy Failure, there is a brand-new Truly Tan. Our favourites shelf is a happy place, indeed.
The sixth Truly Tan mystery, Trapped, sees our heroine plant-sitting for her neighbour Mrs Topple, but what is that strange car? And who are the people on the verandah? We’re certain that Tan can work it out.
And our our favourite detective, Timmy Failure, is dealing with the serious issue of the cat stealing his pants. And we all know how bad that can be. Find out if Timmy succeeds in finding treasure on Key West, Florida.
Truly Tan: Trapped! – Jen Storer – ABC Books – PB – $17
Timmy Failure: The Cat Stole My Pants – Stephan Pastis – Walker – HB – $18
So it’s been announced, and one of us was lucky enough to be there on the big night: this year’s winner of the Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing is Heather Rose’s novel The Museum of Modern Love.
The novel is based on Marina Abramovic’s performance-art piece entitled The Artist is Present, in which Abramovic sat opposite MOMA visitors and gazed into their eyes, six days a week for the almost 3 months of the exhibition. (A film was made about the artwork, and you can watch its trailer online.)
In Rose’s novel, which has Abramovic’s blessing, film composer Arky Levin stumbles into MOMA’s Atrium to witness the art piece, and continues to visit over the course of the next 75 days of the artist sitting. The novel meditates on the nature of art, life and love and the boundaries between them.
Congratulations to Heather Rose on her win, and come buy her book to help her celebrate!
The Museum of Modern Love – Heather Rose – A&U – TP – $28
Beautiful and useful: A guide to Aussie animals that includes scenes from 11 habitats so you can find critters in situ, with complementary illustrations and descriptions for each individual animal. Lovely illustrations, well researched and a great price. Perfect for your little naturalist aged 6 to 12.
The Australian Animal Atlas – Leonard Cronin & Marion Westmacott (ill.) – A&U – HB – $25
Analysts and comedians have working to come to terms with the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump, and we have in store a few fruits of their labours.
PJ O’Rourke, staunch Republican, supported Hillary Clinton in the last election. This is his analysis covering the US election from June 2015 to the results in November 2016.
How the Hell Did This Happen? The US Election of 2016 – P.J.O’Rourke – Grove Press – TP – $30
Susan Bordo, former Pulitzer Prize nominee, considers the election by analysing how a seasoned politician like Hillary Clinton could have been defeated.
The Destruction of Hillary Clinton – Susan Bordo – Text – TP – $30
James Poyner gives a month-by-month analysis of Trump’s tweets (including tweeted replies and Poyner’s own commentary) between July 2015 and Trump’s inauguration in January this year.
Trump Tweets: The Social Media Phenomenon – James Poyner – Wilkinson – PB – $19.99
Oscar gets woken up in the middle of the night, and outside his window is a woolly mammoth (called Timothy) looking for his baby brother. Follow Timothy and his brother back to The Curious Museum, and lift the flaps to find out information about animals, dinosaurs and adventurers. Brightly coloured, crowded with things to see and learn, a good fun book for 3 to 6 year olds.
The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth – Ellie Hattie and Karl James Mountford (ill.) – HB – Little Tiger Press – $24.99
The winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction has been announced, and it’s Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad. It’s a magical-realist take on one woman’s escape from chattel slavery in the American South. Cora flees a Georgian cotton plantation, in what is both a historical indictment and a thrilling adventure.
As for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Biography/Autobiography, it’s been awarded to Hisham Matar for his Return. In this biography, Matar tells of his father’s kidnap and detention in a secret Libyan prison, from which he would never come home.
We have copies of both prizewinners on their way, so get in touch if you want one put aside!
The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead – Sphere – PB – $19.99
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between – Hisham Matar – Random – PB – $25