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The Man Booker Prize 2011 longlist includes former Angeleno

July 26, 2011 |  8:17 am

The 13-book longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize was announced Tuesday. The big surprise on the list is "The Sisters Brothers" by Patrick deWitt, an Oregon-based writer who formerly lived in Los Angeles (and was born in Canada, making him eligible for the award). It's the first time DeWitt has been in the running for a significant literary prize. The 2011 Man Booker Prize, one of the world's most prestigious literary prizes, comes with an award of about $80,000.

Awards-watchers in the U.K. frequently place wagers on the Man Booker Prize. Likely front-runners include Alan Hollinghurst, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2004 for his novel "The Morning Star" and was shortlisted in 1994 for "The Folding Star." Julian Barnes has made the shortlist three times and Sebastian Barry twice; Carol Birch previously appeared on the longlist.

Each year, the list includes several books that are not yet available in the U.S. Below, the 13-book Man Booker Prize longlist -- and when you might expect to find them on American bookshelves.

Julian Barnes "The Sense of an Ending" (coming Aug. 2)

Sebastian Barry "On Canaan’s Side" (coming Sept. 8)

Carol Birch "Jamrach’s Menagerie" (out now)

Patrick deWitt "The Sisters Brothers" (out now)

Esi Edugyan "Half Blood Blues" (no U.S. publication date available)

Yvvette Edwards "A Cupboard Full of Coats" (out now)

Alan Hollinghurst "The Stranger’s Child" (coming Oct. 11)

Stephen Kelman "Pigeon English" (out now)

Patrick McGuinness "The Last Hundred Days" (no U.S. publication date available)

A.D. Miller "Snowdrops" (out now)

Alison Pick "Far to Go" (out now)

Jane Rogers "The Testament of Jessie Lamb" (no U.S. publication date available)

D.J. Taylor "Derby Day" (no U.S. publication date available)

Four of those appearing on the longlist are debut authors: Stephen Kelman, A.D. Miller, Yvvette Edwards and Patrick McGuinness. The Man Booker Prize will announce its six-book shortlist on Sept. 6. The award will be presented at a ceremony Oct. 18 in London.


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