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Haruki Murakami & Joyce Carol Oates Get Best Nobel Odds

According to the betting site LadbrokesHaruki Murakami has 3/1 odds to win the most prestigious literary prize. Joyce Carol Oates has 6/1 odds and Alice Munro has 12/1 odds.

As literary types speculate about this year’s nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature before the official announcement, UK gamblers are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the prestigious prize.

Betting has been suspended on Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Michael Orthofer speculated about this change on Twitter: “Presumably too much ££ being placed on him … There isn’t a winner yet, but maybe a leak that Ngũgĩ a finalist leading to bets on him?”

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Mario Vargas Llosa Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

Novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Here’s more about Llosa (pictured, via) from the Nobel site: “[he was awarded] for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.”

UPDATE: eBookNewser has more about the author’s conspicuous lack of eBooks. Picador will reprint 10 paperbacks by the Nobel winner. Finally, Maud Newton points us to the novelist’s Charlie Rose interview.

In a 2002 Guardian interview, the novelist explained his commitment to writing: “The writer’s job is to write with rigour, with commitment, to defend what they believe with all the talent they have. I think that’s part of the moral obligation of a writer, which cannot be only purely artistic. I think a writer has some kind of responsibility at least to participate in the civic debate. I think literature is impoverished, if it becomes cut from the main agenda of people, of society, of life.”

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Cormac McCarthy, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, & Haruki Murakami Lead Betting Odds for Nobel Prize in Lit

award.jpgAs gamblers enter the final day of betting on the Nobel Prize in Literature, the U.K. betting site Ladbrokes continues to adjust the odds. Cormac McCarthy currently leads the field with 5/2 odds of winning the prize.

Behind him are Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o with 7/2 odds and Japanese author Haruki Murakami with 6/1 odds. As we reported last week, the Nobel Prize announcement is set for tomorrow (October 7).

Take these odds with a grain of salt. Last year, Herta Müller beat some tough odds to win the 2009 prize–Ladbrokes had Israeli author Amos Oz as the 4 to 1 favorite. (Via Michael Orthofer)

Cormac McCarthy Has Updated 3/1 Odds to Win Nobel Prize in Literature

award.jpgAs U.K. gamblers adjust the odds for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Cormac McCarthy has lept to the top of the heap with 3/1 odds of winning the world’s most prestigious literary prize.

At the Ladbrokes betting site, the experts are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the world’s most prestigious literary prize. At the same time, Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o saw his odds rise to 11/4 and the odds for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami to win the prize rose to 9/1.

Yesterday, Betting Pro had more about the odds from Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams. He explained: “We’ve never seen anything like it. Ngugi was a rank outsider when we first looked at the candidates but we fear we’ve got it horribly wrong. Punters cant get enough of him and we’re dreading him being announced the winner.” (Via Michael Orthofer)

Cormac McCarthy Has 8/1 Odds to Win 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

award.jpgNovelist Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and Blood Meridian) received a huge boost from the betting site Ladbrokes over the weekend. He was given 8/1 odds to win the Nobel Prize in Literature as UK gamblers are hard at work trying to predict a winner of the world’s most prestigious literary prize.

At the same time, Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o rocketed up the chart, gaining 6/1 odds as the October 7th announcement nears. Swedish author Tomas Transtromer still has the best chance with 4/1 odds. Japan’s Haruki Murakami and Autstralia’s Les Murray both have 11/1 odds of winning the prize.

Betting Pro has more about the odds from Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams. He explained: “We’ve never seen anything like it. Ngugi was a rank outsider when we first looked at the candidates but we fear we’ve got it horribly wrong. Punters cant get enough of him and we’re dreading him being announced the winner.” (Via Michael Orthofer)