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Colum McCann Tops List of Bestselling Signed Books on AbeBooks in 2009

greatworld23.gifWhat are the most popular signed books of the year? The answer might surprise you. On the list of the 25 Bestselling Signed Books on AbeBooks from last year, a National Book Award winner outsold a man who walked on the moon.

The top book was the National Award winning novel by Colum McCann, “Let the Great World Spin.” The book “Magnificent Desolation” by astronaut Buzz Aldrin came in 17th place.

Here’s an excerpt from the list: “Our list of the bestselling signed books of 2009 provides a cross-section of the year’s major literary events and books that captured the imagination of countless readers. The top 25 features three titles from authors who passed away during the year–two from John Updike and one from Frank McCourt–plus critically-acclaimed novels, such as Hilary Mantel‘s Booker-winner Wolf Hall, Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski and The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.” (Via Ron Charles)

Hilary Mantel Wins Man Booker Prize

manbooker2009.jpgLast night Hilary Mantel won the Man Booker Prize, taking a prize worth nearly $80,000 for her novel, “Wolf Hall”–a historical biography about Henry VIII’s adviser, Thomas Cromwell.

Last year Aravind Adiga won the annual prize for “The White Tiger.” According to The Daily Beast, the judges included (among others) a TV comedian, a literature professor, and a radio reporter.

Here’s more from the article: “The winner of literature’s prestigious Man Booker gets £50,000 for a work that can take years. It’s less than a third of what the Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (who, I suspect, has never read a novel) gets in a week. Shortlisted candidates pick up a check for £2,500–and a year’s free membership in Soho’s Groucho Club. Pity the country, to paraphrase Brecht, that needs literary heroes.”

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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