The Man Booker Prize 2017

Earlier this October, Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, was announced the 2017 winner of the leading literary award in the English speaking world, The Man Booker Prize. Established in 2005, the award aims to bring recognition and reward for the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK. The only criteria: being the best novel in the opinion of the judge. This allows the winner to not only receive £50,000 and shortlisted authors to receive £2,500, but also for authors to receive worldwide readership and book sales. To ensure consistency in excellence for choosing quality fiction, the judges are chosen from a wide range of disciplines, from scholars and writers to politicians and actors – all sharing the same love for fiction and engagement to attract “the intelligent general audience.” The prize has established trust in readers sharing and seeking similar values in fiction. Two of the authors, Mohsin Hamid and Colson Whitehead, were both featured in Loomis Chaffee’s 2017 all-school summer reading with Exit West being shortlisted and The Underground Railroad longlisted in the Man Booker Prize.

The winner, George Sanders, was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Lincoln in the Bardo was described as a work of fiction that “creates a vivid and lively evocation of the characters” by Baroness Young, 2017 Chair of judges. The novel added a surreal twist to a factual incident, describing Abraham Lincoln’s visit to his dead 11-year-old son Willie in a Georgetown cemetery. The grieving father was greeted with innumerable souls in the thousands of dead from the Civil War, both by the quick and the dead, pondering and contemplating life and death. Saunders explores not only the reality and pain of loss and death but also life, too-its endless possibilities, meanings and moments.

The Man Booker Prize shortlist, longlist and winner are currently displayed in the Katherine Brush Library. Come enjoy these witty, moving and transcending works of fiction!

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Keep Calm and Plan Your Future

Keep Calm and Plan Your Future! October’s second floor book display revolves around what many of you are starting to think about — life after high school. Whether you are taking the PSATS this week or starting to look ahead to the SATs, we thought the books featured in this display would pair well with what many of you are focused on these days and would offer some good advice for you to keep in mind while you are weighing the decisions you are each facing about your individual futures. Also, when the time comes, don’t forget that we have an entire section on the first floor with study books for the various exams you are all going to take at some point here, from the ACT to the AP Exams. These books can be used in the library or checked out on a 1 day loan. If you have any questions, just ask our library staff at the desk!