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Edugyan, deWitt land on Man Booker shortlist

A pair of Canadian authors have been named to the shortlist of the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Victoria’s Esi Edugyan has been nominated for her second novel, Half-Blood Blues, about an interracial troupe of jazz musicians in Nazi-occupied France, alongside B.C.-born Patrick deWitt for his riff on the Western genre, The Sisters Brothers.

Half-Blood Blues is being published in Canada this month by Thomas Allen Publishers, while The Sisters Brothers appeared earlier this year with House of Anansi Press. A second Anansi title, Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, also appears on the six-title shortlist.

The complete shortlist is as follows:

  • Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
  • Carol Birch, Jamrach’s Menagerie
  • Patrick deWitt, The Sisters Brothers
  • Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues
  • Stephen Kelman, Pigeon English
  • A.D. Miller, Snowdrops

The winner of the £50,000 prize will be announced Oct. 18. In the meantime, read Q&Qs profile of Esi Edugyan by reporter Donna Bailey Nurse.