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October 2011
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Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending Awarded Man Booker Prize

Sense of an Ending

Congratulations to Julian Barnes who has been awarded the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending. Shortlisted three times previously for his novels Flaubert's Parrot, England, England, and Arthur & George this is Barnes' first time winning the prestigious award. For a list of our previous Man Booker–winning and shortlisted authors please click here.

In Brief
Piri Thomas, the author of Down These Mean Streets, passed away in his El Cerrito, California home on Monday at the age of 83. Thomas, who grew up in Spanish Harlem during the 1930s and 40s, exposed the tough conditions of New York's ghetto to an unaware America and inspired generations of authors with his memoir, novels, and poetry. Written in 1967, Down These Mean Streets has become a staple in college and high school classrooms across the country.
Rohinton Mistry, author of A Fine Balance and Family Matters, has been named the winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The Neustadt Prize comes with a $50,000 award and Mistry will visit the University of Oklahoma campus in the fall of 2012 to receive the award.
Mark Melvin, an inmate at the Kilby Correctional Facility near Montgomery, has filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections after they would not let him read Douglas A. Blackmon's Slavery by Another Name. Last September, Melvin's copy was confiscated on the grounds that it was "too incendiary" and "too provocative and could potentially stir up racial hatred." Douglas Blackmon addresses the controversy in an interview on George Mason University's History News Network.

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