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Comment: Awards Week, with Audience Participation

As you probably know if you're a person who reads about books, it seems to be awards week in book country. Kiran Desai won the Man Booker Prize for THE INHERITANCE OF LOSS. Her fellow shortlisters were: Kate Grenville for The Secret River M. J. Hyland for Carry Me Down Hisham Matar for In the Country of Men Edward St Aubyn for Mother’s Milk Sarah Waters for The Night Watch (Since this is a British Commonwealth prize, some of these books have not yet been published in the U.S. and may be unfamiliar.) Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature (which I personally think is wonderful and inevitable.) And the shortlist was announced for this year's National Book Award : Fiction: Mark Z. Danielewski , Only Revolutions (Pantheon) Ken Kalfus , A Disorder Peculiar to the Country (Ecco/HarperCollins) Richard Powers , The Echo Maker (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Dana Spiotta , Eat the Document (Scribner/Simon & Schuster) Jess Walter , The Zero (Judith Regan Books/HarperCol