Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Not the Booker Prize LIVE EVENT

Saturday October 12th at 7.00pm at St Mark's Church Hall.

In 2009, the first Not The Booker Prize was launched by Sam Jordison in the Guardian. After a number of “controversial” decisions at the Man Booker Prize (and other literary prizes) this was a somewhat tongue-in-cheek attempt to introduce a slightly more democratic way of choosing a prize winning book.
Guardian mug prize for Not the Booker
This year's coveted prize
The entry criteria is very similar to the Booker Prize.
Readers are asked to nominate a book fitting this criteria and a longlist is then announced. This longlist is then whittled down to six books...the full rules can be found here, but we now have the Not the Booker Shortlist. Here it is.

Neil Gaiman - The Ocean at the End Of The Lane
Kate Atkinson - Life After Life
Lucy Cruickshanks - The Trader of Saigon
Suzie Tullett - Little White Lies and Butterflies
Zoe Venditozzi - Anywhere's Better Than Here
Meike Ziervogel - Magda

And we are delighted that FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, the Not the Booker Prize is going live! Wembley Arena was deemed too insignificant and The South Bank was turned down. Only the Wood Green Literary Festival could host such an event.

All six authors are being invited by The Guardian to attend a panel reading and discussion. We cannot guarantee all the authors will be able to make it, but...

Signed copies of ALL of the shortlisted books will be available to purchase on the night.

Not only will you get the chance to meet the authors, there will also be a Q and A and a signing.

Tickets for this event are just £5, available on Tuesday August 27th. Spaces are very limited and this event will sell out very quickly.

To read the full story about this year’s Not the Booker Prize in the Guardian follow this link


  1. Hello there. How strange. It works fine here. I'll add the link here too. Hope this works http://www.biggreenbookshop.com/wood-green-literary-festival/tickets-for-not-the-booker-prize-live-event-/prod_658.html

  2. Its working now. Many thanks. x

  3. Simon, I know this prize is tongue-in-cheek, but if we're going to be literary, could you please edit the phrase "this criteria" and change it into either "these criteria" or "this criterion". Thanks from The Grammar Neo-Nazi ;)

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