Five Books (Make That 24 plus 14 Authors) Who May (or May Not) Win Awards

Lots of short lists, long lists and in-between literary award lists announced over the last few days. Let's build up our stamina with the 20-book long list for the Orange Prize for Fiction, slow our pace a little with the 14-author long list for the Man Booker International Prize, and sprint to the finish with the National Award for Arts Writing, with some pauses to catch our breath by clicking on the links to Book World's reviews of the books. And we're off!

The Orange Prize for Fiction 2009 longlist (only women, you'll note)

The Household Guide To Dying, by Debra Adelaide
Girl in a Blue Dress, by Gaynor Arnold
Their Finest Hour and a Half, by Lissa Evans
Blonde Roots, by Bernardine Evaristo
Scottsboro, by Ellen Feldman
Strange Music, by Laura Fish
Love Marriage, by V.V. Ganeshananthan
Intuition, by Allegra Goodman
The Wilderness, by Samantha Harvey
The Invention of Everything Else, by Samantha Hunt
The Lost Dog, by Michelle de Kretser
Molly Fox's Birthday, by Deirdre Madden
A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight, by Gina Ochsner
Home, by Marilynne Robinson
Evening is the Whole Day, by Preeta Samarasan
Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
The Flying Troutmans, by Miriam Toews
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, by Ann Weisgarber

The Man Booker International Prize 2009 (awarded every other year to recognize a writer's body of work)

Peter Carey (Australia)
Evan S. Connell (USA)
Mahasweta Devi (India)
E.L. Doctorow (USA)
James Kelman (UK)
Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
Arnost Lustig (Czech Republic)
Alice Munro (Canada)
V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad/India)
Joyce Carol Oates (USA)
Antonio Tabucchi (Italy)
Ngugi Wa Thiong'O (Kenya)
Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia)
Ludmila Ulitskaya (Russia)

And finally, the National Award for Arts Writing, announced from the Arts Club right here in Washington:

The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Han van Meergeren, by Jonathan Lopez
Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master, by Michael Sragow
Carolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave, by Leonard Todd
White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson, by Brenda Wineapple

And now we're done.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  March 19, 2009; 11:25 AM ET
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