If you have even a passing interest in book awards, don't miss this article, from the International Herald Tribune:
Every self-respecting tribe has its fertility dance and, in the literary world, this takes place around the temple of annual book prizes. When the oracle speaks, authors are rewarded for years of lonely creativity, their novels lifted from semi-obscurity, their life stories revisited, their ever-fragile egos bolstered and, more crucially, sales of their books are magically multiplied.
As Homer Simpson once sagely observed, "It's funny because it's true."


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