Industry Notes: UK’s Golden Booker Voting Is Closing; AudioFile’s Whitten on the Audies

In News by Porter Anderson

Fifty years of Man Booker Prize for Fiction winners have been sorted down to a shortlist, and you can help crown the ‘Golden’ book. And some of this year’s Audie Award winners are now playing on ‘Beyond the Book.’

The summertime food market at London’s Southbank Centre, where the ‘Golden Man Booker Prize’ winner will be named on July 8. Image – iStockphoto: Victor Huang

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Deadline: Midnight London Time
Time is running out to participate in the “Golden Man Booker Prize” public vote that’s to choose the “best of the best” five Man Booker Prize for Fiction award-winners. The vote closes at midnight British Summer Time (BST) tonight, June 25.

Having reached its 50th anniversary, the prize program, as Publishing Perspectives has reported, has produced a five-book shortlist—one candidate for each of the prize’s five decades—and the public vote then will sort out the winner among those five.

That shortlist, which we announced in May, comprises:

  • 1971, In a Free State by VS Naipaul, Picador (selected by juror Robert McCrum)
  • 1987, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, Penguin (selected by juror Lemn Sissay)
  • 1992, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Bloomsbury (selected by juror Kamila Shamsie)
  • 2009, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. Fourth Estate (selected by Simon Mayo)
  • 2017, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Bloomsbury (selected by Hollie McNish)

Regular readers will notice that the 1990s juror, Kamila Shamsie, has been especially busy since the shortlist was announced. She’s the winner of this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Home Fire (Bloomsbury), itself longlisted for the Man Booker 2017.

To register your vote, access the site here (scroll down for the vote). There’s a hashtag for the program, too, #ManBooker50

And the winner of the “Golden Man Booker” will be announced at the culmination of the prizes’s celebration weekend, July 6 through 8 at the Southbank complex in London.

Tickets are on sale now, and information can be had at the program’s page at the Southbank’s site.

The program combines not only fine writers but also interactive opportunities for those attending, in sessions with varying prices from top tickets of £40 (US$57) in many cases to a low of £10 (US$14) and a few instances in which events are free of charge. There are plans for broadcasts, too, from BBC Four,  BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, and BBC World Book Club.

Remember, to cast a vote from wherever you are for the “Golden Man Booker,”  get to the site by midnight BST (London), which is 1 a.m. CEST June 26 in (Rome); 7 p.m. EDT (New York); and 4 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

Authors of the ‘Golden Five’ titles shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker Prize, from left: VS Naipaul; Penelope Lively; Michael Ondaatje; Hilary Mantel (Image: Els Zweerink); and George Saunders (Image: Chloe Aftel). Images: Man Booker Prize Foundation

Audio About Audiobooks

Also today (June 24), the new edition of Copyright Clearance Center’s Beyond the Book podcast is out, with Christopher Kenneally’s interview with the Audio Publishers Association’s Michele Cobb on the 2017 audiobook sector sales

You can read our report here on that study’s results and those of its consumer patterns survey.

Kenneally also talks with Robin Whitten, the founding editor of AudioFiled, and she and Kenneally listen to excerpts from several of the winners of this year’s Audie Awards (our report is here), which are organized by the Audio Publishers Association.

One of the clips they hear is from Stephen Fry’s Sherlock Holmes (Audible, 62 hours, 57 minutes), which won the Excellence in Production honor.

Robin Whitten. Image: Kevin Brusie

Whitten talks of how accessible Fry makes the material, in part because of his experience with the material.

Fry “does such an interesting program with the stories of Sherlock Holmes,” she tells Kenneally, “because [of] his own reflections and his personal commentary and thoughts. He introduces each story with a little bit of his own sort of personal essay.

“So it’s very different–there have been many collections and recordings of Sherlock Holmes, but this one has a very personal feel. [So] you get this wonderful, dramatic presentation of each of the stories themselves.”

The full podcast is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.