Law and Conversation

October 13, 2010

Lionel Shriver is a National Book Award finalist and Jacobson wins the Man Booker

Filed under: Books and writing — Helen Gunnarsson @ 2:28 pm
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Fall is such an eventful season for books and publishing, with several major awards being announced.  The day after Howard Jacobson won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question, the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 2010 National Book Award.  Lionel Shriver made the list for her newly published novel, “So Much For That.”  Now we’re waiting on our northern neighbors to announce Canada’s major book award, the ScotiaBank Giller Prize.

I wrote about Lionel Shriver last month and noted that “So Much For That” is a critique of the U.S. health care system.  Serendipitously for her publicity and sales, her book was published on the eve of the passage of the federal law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that’s supposed to improve it.  In interviews, Shriver questions whether it will do so, asking “Can we continue to lavish this much money on what is really end-of-life care?”  As I also noted in my prior post, I wrote a short article highlighting a couple of points from the new 974-page statute to which businesses and lawyers will need to pay particular attention in the current issue of the Illinois Bar Journal (October 2010).

The Giller shortlist is here.  The winner will be announced November 9.

Have you visited The Animal Rescue Site yet today?  Please do so and vote for Friends Of Strays, a small animal shelter in Princeton, IL, as your favorite shelter.  It only takes a few clicks and typing in the name of an animal from a photo (to verify that you’re a real person and not a voting bot).  Costs nothing, you don’t have to register, and you won’t get a virus.  You can vote once a day, and you certainly don’t have to live in Illinois, or even the US, to vote for Friends of Strays (in Princeton, IL, remember).  I’m asking everyone I know to vote for this tiny and very deserving organization.  For more, see the last 2 paragraphs of my post here.

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