Thursday, August 9, 2007

Three Cheers

There are lots of reasons to celebrate here at AuthorsAloud. The big news, of course, is that author Michael Redhill has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for his novel, Consolation. In the past, the Booker long-list has been, well, pretty long, up to 75 names. But this year it's a tight baker's dozen, which puts Redhill in very select company. It's a huge achievement, and we couldn't be happier for him. Go listen to Redhill's reading from Consolation here.

We'd also like to belatedly applaud Heather Birrell for winning the $10,000 Journey prize (the announcement came in the Spring) for her short story "BriannaSusannaAlana." Again, we couldn't be prouder of Heather and, again, we happen to have a reading from that prize winning story right here. (So, are we prescient ... or influential?) Go check it out!

Third, it's always worth a fist-pump when AuthorsAloud brings promising new authors to the attention of our loyal visitors, so take a moment to enjoy the offerings of poet Alex Boyd, who reads from his collection Making Bones Walk, and novelist B. Glen Rotchin, who reads from his debut novel, The Rent Collector, short listed for the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Both authors also provide Insights for your edification and enjoyment.

Lots to listen to, lots to celebrate. Go revel in the bounty.

TC