Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Crossing my fingers for Cormac McCarthy. Or at least not Haruki Murakami. Come on not Haruki Murakami.

UK bookmakers Ladbrokes (is that pun intentional?) has the odds listed for the various people believed to be shortlisted for this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, which will be awarded this week. Today? Tomorrow? I forget. The odds-on favorite right now is Kenyan novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o, which doesn't really mean that much I guess, since last year the winner turned out to be longshot Herta Muller, a laureate that had the whole world resoundingly cheering, "Herta who?" So you never know. Barring Cormac McCarthy I'd really like to see crazy longshot John Banville win.

Also, wait, there's a modern poet whose name is just "Adonis"?

Bookmaking aggregator (or gambling addiction enabler) BettingPro also has some analysis. Check it out, place your bets.

*Ladbrokes, 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature

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