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Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize 2011 Update

February 15, 2012
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The observant among you will have noticed that I haven’t done a Man Asian Literary Prize weekly round-up of reviews and news for a couple of weeks now. This is because our reviews have slowed down now to a crawl and hardly warrant a weekly post from me. The most recent reviews posted have been:

  • Jahnavi Barua’s Rebirth by Matt, of A Novel Approach and Lisa, of ANZLitLovers, both of whom are positive about the book.
  • Kyung-Sook Shin’s Please look after mom by Fay, of Read Ramble. She’s written a rather passionate defence of the book, addressing the negatives put forward by some reviewers. This is probably the most controversial of the shortlisted books …

While I stopped posting regular roundups, I have been updating my page of reviews* as new reviews have (dribbled) come in. Please check it out whenever you wand to find team members’ reviews of the longlisted books. Some of our reviewers have been very assiduous, reading and reviewing most if not all of the books. As for me? I am currently reading two of the books and hope to review them before …

We make our shadow winner announcement. We plan to do this a few days before March 15, which is when the official announcement will be made.

Watch this space …

* Shortlisted books are indicated by an asterisk in this page.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2012 1:56 am

    I am looking forward to seeing which books get the nod of the Shadow Jury. The Wandering Falcon has me most intrigued to this point, but my first priority will be to read the Shadow Jury winner.

    Thanks to you and your fellow Shadow Jurors for doing this. Without the continued spotlight, it is easy to move on to the next shiny award. As with the Giller Shadow Jury, I suspect the Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize Jury will ultimately sell nearly as many books as the “official” award does. The Shadow Jury has the distinct advantage of explaining its rationale.

    • February 16, 2012 7:55 am

      Thanks Kerry, it’s going to be interesting … There are some fairly strong differences among the ranks over a couple of titles. We will have fun. You’re right about being able to give our rationale – that’s good for the readersnisn’t it.

  2. February 16, 2012 6:14 pm

    I’ll say thank you too, Kerry:) It’s nice to know our efforts are appreciated!

    • February 16, 2012 6:29 pm

      Thanks Lisa .. it is. And I now have three finalists on the go as I picked up Sly from the library today. How many will I read with a busy weekend ahead of me is the question!

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