In the English-speaking literary world, the Man Booker Prize is a very big deal. It’s awarded each year for the best original, full-length novel written in the English language by a citizen of the British Commonwealth or Ireland. Past winners have included Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Iris Murdoch.
This year, the list of 13 Booker prize finalists holds no such celebrity names. This week, Kerry Nolan spoke with New York Times publishing reporter Julie Bosman to find out why. Bosman also weighs in on authors to look out for this fall, including Jonathan Franzen, and on the future of publishing and e-books.