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Commonwealth Writers' Prize Nominations

Canadian authors dominated the regional nominations for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, which were announced on February 18th.  In the Best Book category for the Canada and the Caribbean region, Canadian nominees included  Nino Ricci's The Origin of Species, Fred Stenson's The Great Karoo, Marina Endicott's Good to a Fault,  Kenneth J. Harvey's Blackstrap Hawco, and Jaspreet Singh's Chef

In the Best First Book category all the nominees in the Canada and the Caribbean region were Canadian:  Mark Blagrave for Silver Salts, Pasha Malla for The Withdrawal Method, Joan Thomas for Reading By Lightning, Padma Viswanathan for The Toss of A Lemon, Theanna Bischoff for Cleavage, and Nila Gupta for The Sherpa and Other Fictions.   

Among the nominees for Best Book from Europe and South Asia are Salman Rushdie's The Enchantress of Florence, Philip Hensher's The Northern Clemency, David Lodge's Deaf Sentence, and Chris Cleave's The Other Hand (published in North America as "Little Bee").  Some of the nominees for Best First Book in that region are Broken by Daniel Clay, A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif, and Breathless in Bombay by Murzaban Shroff.

The winners of the regional prizes will be announced on March 11.  They will then compete for the overall best book and best first book awards.  There's plenty of good reading here while we're waiting for spring to finally appear, so dig in!  Which books would you choose as winners?