Mary Lawson is representing for Canada on the Man Booker Prize longlist, which was announced today. Lawson’s soon-to-be-released second novel, The Other Side of the Bridge, is one of 19 longlisted titles and the sole Canuck-authored entry. (The Canadian-raised Lawson now lives in the U.K.; Knopf Canada is her Canadian publisher.)
Here’s hoping Lawson makes the next round; the shortlist will be announced on September 14 and the winner on October 10. If Lawson goes all the way, she stands to win £50,000. But she’s already got some tough competition — also on the longlist are such past winners or nominees as Peter Carey (for Theft: A Love Story), Sarah Waters (The Night Watch), David Mitchell (Black Swan Green), and Nadine Gordimer (Get a Life).
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