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Man Booker Book Club

9781439152928.jpgThe 2008 Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga is leading the first edition of a digital book club at The Daily Beast, exploring his new novel, “Between the Assassinations.”

In an essay about his writing process, the author explained how he threw out his outline while researching a novel in his hometown. The book club package also includes video material, a novel excerpt, and his answers readers’ questions. Earlier this week, the longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize was announced.

Check it out: “This seemed like a new challenge: to learn about the invisible majority of Mangalore, and write about their struggles and joys. To write a book that would be truer to my hometown than my childhood was. Too much of Indian writing in English, it seemed to me, consisted of middle-class people writing about other middle-class people–and a small slice of life being passed off as an ‘authentic’ portrait of the country.”

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Man Booker Dozen Announced

manbooker2009.jpgThe Booker Prize Foundation has announced the 13-author “Man Booker Dozen” longlist for the 2009 edition of the £50,000 literary prize. Last year Aravind Adiga won the annual prize for “The White Tiger.”

Here’s a statement from James Naughtie, judicial chair: “The five Man Booker judges have settled on thirteen novels as the longlist for this year’s prize. We believe it to be one of the strongest lists in recent memory, with two former winners, four past-shortlisted writers, three first-time novelists and a span of styles and themes that make this an outstandingly rich fictional mix.”

Here are a few of the nominees, full list follows after the jump…
A.S. Byatt “The Children’s Book”
J.M. Coetzee “Summertime”
Adam Foulds “The Quickening Maze”
Sarah Hall “How to paint a dead man”

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UK Digital Book Company Partners with Simon & Schuster in US

blackberryapp.jpgSimon & Schuster has teamed up with GoSpoken.com to sell digital books in the BlackBerry App World for American readers. Currently, the UK-based company has 2,000 titles in digital and audio formats for UK readers, and they hope to build the catalog to 20,000 titles by the end of the year.

The initial selection includes Aravind Adiga‘s Booker Prize-winning “The White Tiger,” Dan Brown‘s “Angels & Demons,” and Mark Levin‘s “Liberty and Tyranny.”

Go Spoken founder, author, and retired Special Air Service member offered this statement: “Having a books app like GoSpoken on BlackBerry seems like a natural progression as BlackBerry’s are already fantastic reading devices. Since leaving the armed forces, books have become my life, so making them easily accessible in this way is a revelation.”