Conversational Reading points out that Obabakoak, winner of the Obooki Prize 2008, is being brought out in a new edition next year. No doubt this is on account of the vast influence of the Obooki Prize. (I did see a book the other day being advertised as being “Nominated for The Guardian Not The Booker Prize”. They’ll do anything to sell their books in these times).
There is still a lot of speculation literally nowhere on who will win the Obooki Prize 2009. (Ladbrokes – last we looked – is even refusing to take bets on the issue, so clouded is it.) Long-time front-runners, Tayeb Salih and Paul Auster, are now thought to be suffering stiff competition from “another of those European writers no one has ever heard of which these European-based prizes always seem to throw up”. (I would go so far as to say, I’ve never heard this writer mentioned anywhere, ever, in my life).
The Obooki Prize will be announced at 12.00am on 1st January 2010. (Yes, I’m going to preset the post to appear right on cue, for those eager to stay up).