Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize, 2011

Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize 2011 Badge

Image created by Matt of A Novel Approach

This week, to whet your appetite (unbeknownst to you!), I focused my Monday Musings on Asian Australian writers … What, do you say, was I whetting your appetite for? Well, for a plan to review the longlist for this year’s Man Asian Literary Prize, which is an annual literary award given to the best novel* by an Asian writer published in the previous calendar year. The plan involves a team – conceived by Lisa and Matt (see below) – of bloggers who will review, between them, all the longlisted titles.

The longlisted books are:

Our Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize 2011 blogging team consists of

Each blogger will post her/his own review/s and will also post links to reviews on team members’ blogs.

After the announcement of the shortlist next January and before the winner is announced in March, we will, if possible, select a shadow winner. Watch this space (well, not THIS ACTUAL SPOT) for updates.

Thanks to Kevin from Canada whose Shadow Giller Prize Jury inspired our plan. And again, thanks to Lisa for getting our ball rolling and to Matt for creating our logo. We hope our readers enjoy this coordinated approach to providing reviews …

* The novel can be either written in English or translated to English.

28 thoughts on “Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize, 2011

  1. Amazing! What a wonderful project! I have only read a couple of these authors and look forward to reading your comments and points of view. There is really so much to read and reread out there. Good luck and enjoy! best, cat

  2. The Shadow Giller Prize is one of my favorite….heck, it is my favorite literary award. Yes, it is better than the Tournament of Books. The judging is every bit as good and open and the selection of books tends to be better. I expect the same from the Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize. This will ensure that I give due attention to the books listed here.

    I can hardly wait for coverage to begin.

    I had just been thinking, actually, that I wish there were more Shadow juries in the Shadow Giller mold. The goddesses and gods have provided. Thank you, Sue and Lisa and Matt and Stu and Fay! I know you must have been answering my prayers specifically. You’re the best!

    • Thanks Kerry, glad you are pleased. I think it will be fun – and great to read some diverse literature. The first reviews have been done and I’ll post a link to them tomorrow – two members had already read them. I don’t have any of the books in my hands at present so my first review will be a little time coming yet.

  3. I’m looking forward to all the reviews! There are a number of books on the list that I already would like to read but others that I have not heard of. This is going to be detrimental to my TBR list!

  4. A wonderful idea — and I’m looking forward to following all your reviews.

    As a member of the Shadow Giller jury, I had an absolute ball reading all the shortlisted books — and I’m sure you guys will have just as much fun reading the ones on the Man Asian lists.

    • Thanks for the encouragement kimbofo … I’m going to find it hard keeping up but I know I’ll enjoy the experience. Post Xmas is usually a good time for reading for me so I have hopes.

  5. Oh how fun! I have all the books on my Amazon wish list – even the one that’s not even a pre-release here. I’ve read 1Q84 and others by Murakami, I’ve read Sea of Poppies by Amitov Ghosh and I’ve read God of Small Things by Roy. I’ve also heard of Yoshimoto and Shin. I think I might just read along with you guys if I have time.

    • Good for you Bekah … and if you write them up on your blog, let us know. I’ve read Yoshimoto and have just decided today that I must give priority to hers here in my reading for this. (BTW This is a different Roy – Anuradha not Arundhati. So easy to confuse!)

    • Sorry, Justine, I’ve just realised I’ve never responded to this. Who knows if we’ll run in again, though it’s a good bet that we will. You could contact us around the time the longlist is due out and see what’s happening. I won’t promise to remember to contact you … the brain is mush these days for such long term future-memory!

  6. Oh fantastic! Because you definitely don’t have enough on your plate already! 😉

    Teehee! Just let me know when I can help out by coming over to cook you scrambled eggs for lunch 😉

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