Oct 15, 2013
By Andy Johnson
There are two Canadian connections to the Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for fiction which is being announced late this afternoon. Ruth Ozeki is an American-born, Zen Buddhist priest, who lives in both British Columbia and New York. She’s shortlisted for her Pacific-crossing story called “A tale for the Time Being.” British bookmakers have installed British author Jim Crace and New Zealand scribe Elenor Catton as favorites. Crace’s book is called “Harvest”, Catton, who was born in Canada but raised in New Zealand, is nominated for “The Luminaries.” The other finalists are the authors of “The Testament of Mary,” “The Lowland” and “We Need New Names.” The prize carries a cash award of $80 thousand.