Sunday, October 23, 2011
Note that Mr. Eugenides is #2 on next Sunday's New York Times bestseller list, following Nicholas Sparks. On our list, he's after Chad Harbach for his pre-event week, but that's due in part to Harbach's successful reading here last Thursday.
2. The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
3. The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
4. The Cat's Table, by Michael Ondaatje
5. The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
6. Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk
7. Zone One, by Colson Whitehead
8. The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick Dewitt
9. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
10. The Lost Memory of Skin, by Russell Banks
So Julian Barnes won the Man Booker Prize and good thing that Jason was able to restock very quickly because there's a lot of demand out there. Carl has thrown his hat in the ring as an official fan. And Michael Ondaatje withdrew from consideration for the Governor General's Award for The Cat's Table. He's already won it five times. Interestingly enough, we have another seller that's also on the shortlist--Patrick DeWitt's The Sisters Brothers. He's completed the Canadian awards trifecta, as he's also shortlisted on the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize.
And yes, there's another author who hit all three shortlists--Esi Edugyan for Half Blood Blues. I'm trying to figure out what happened here with this book. It's published by Serpents Tail in the UK and was distributed here through Consortium (and seemingly will be available through Ingram at short discount, nonreturnable). But now Picador has bought American distribution rights and will come out from them in February. I'm so confused by the whole thing--won't some publishing insider explain it to me?
1. A More Perfect Heaven, by Dava Sobel
2. Vikings in the Attic, by Eric Dregni
3. Going Home, by Jon Katz
4. Grand Pursuit, by Syliva Nasar
5. What it Is, by Lynda Barry
And in my "don't do the bestsellers lists when you're tired moment #1", Reamde was accidentally listed as nonfiction on the list that I sent out to the trade. Alas!
1. The Book of Life, by Stuart Nadler
2. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
3. Traffic Stop, by Janet Ruth Heller
4. Old Filth, by Jane Gardam
5. The All of It, by Jeannette Haien
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 3:56 PM