Xlibris Publishing shares some literary news. For the first time, the longlist for the Man Booker Prize will include a graphic novel.
Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina follows the story of a young woman’s disappearance and the unsettling effect of the following 24-hours news cycle. Sabrina will compete against Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight, ahead of such previous winners as Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, Peter Carey, and Alan Hollinghurst. The Prize’s Judges have described the graphic novel as “Oblique, subtle, [and] minimal,” additionally stating that the shifting nature of the fiction genre meant it was inevitable for a graphic novel to be included on the list. Man Booker judge and best-selling novelist Val McDermid said, “The graphic novel has increasingly become front and centre in terms of storytelling [and] we felt [Sabrina] does just what good fiction should do.”
Also in the running are Belinda Bauer’s thriller Snap, a novel of three children struggling to deal with trauma and abandonment, as well as debut works by Sophie Mackintosh and Guy Gunaratne. The only former winner in the longlist is the above mentioned Warlight by Michael Ondaatje, set in a 1945 London still feeling the effects of the blitz. The judges noted a trend of dystopian novels while they were making their selections for the longlist. The shortlist will be announced September 20, and the winner October 16.
Xlibris Publishing trusts this helps
Please make sure to check out the Xlibris Publishing site for more advice and blogs, and be sure to follow us on Xlibris Publishing Facebook and Xlibris Publishing Twitter. Get your free publishing guide here.