Examples of Literary Fiction Man Booker & Pulitzer Prizes

In today’s video, I’m going to give examples of current literary fiction and show you how to find more titles that you might
enjoy. I’m Anna Yeatts for Flash Fiction Online. If you enjoyed this content and would like to see more of it, head on over to Patreon.com and become a Patron of Flash Fiction Online. Patrons receive lots of great rewards like issues in the
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notifications so you never miss an episode. Thank you to Gary for commenting last week and asking me to clarify a little bit more about what I meant by
literary fiction. If you’re new to the literary fiction world the first thing
that comes to mind is–as Gary very helpfully pointed out– classic titles
like “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Catcher in the Rye.” Now it’s true “To Kill a
Mockingbird” and “Catcher in the Rye” are definitely great examples of
literary novels but literary fiction has grown a lot since those days and there’s
a little bit of something for everyone. If you want to try some newer literary
fiction here are some of my recommendations and how I go about
finding new titles for my to-read list. If you have a favorite literary novel or
publication leave it for us in the comments down below. Not only is it a great resource to myself because I’m always looking for new books to read but it’s
also a great resource for your fellow readers and writers. In an earlier video
I talked about how literary novels are more likely to win prestigious awards
then genre novels are. While winning an award doesn’t guarantee that a book is
going to be good, great, or even your favorite, it is a great jumping-off point
when you’re looking for new titles especially if you’re new to literary
fiction. And if you want me to do a video about the awards in genre fiction like
Hugos and the Nebulas and Stoker’s and so on, leave that for me down below and
I’ll try to make that happen. But for the purposes of today’s video we’re going to
be talking about the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Booker Prize. Well the Pulitzer Prize has any number of categories related to
media and the arts so we’re gonna be talking about the Pulitzer Prize in
Fiction meaning specifically for novels I’ll leave a link to the current list of
winners in the comment section down below. So here’s my list of my personal
favorite Pulitzer Prize-winning novels and I hope you enjoy them as much as I
do. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and I’m
gonna apologize in advance because I’m deeply southern and there are just some
words and names that I am gonna mangle no matter how hard I try like even if I
look at the pronunciations on Google or YouTube. so to all the authors
whose names and getting ready to mangle I am so sorry. Really
truly I am. Okay. Empire Falls by Richard Russo. “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon. shavon shavon shavon. I’ll leave a list down
below. “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt … and if you love a good suspenseful literary thriller this is where you want to go.
Anything by Donna Tartt is amazing “American Pastoral” by Philip Roth. “The
Shipping News” by E Annie Proulx. “The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love” by Oscar Hijuelos. “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker. “A Confederacy of
Dunces by John Kennedy O’Toole. Again these are my personal favorites. It doesn’t mean they have to be yours but I would like to know yours. So again, leave
those titles down below and we’ll all benefit. Another major literary prize is
the Man Booker Award. The Man Booker Prize has historically been awarded to
novels originally published in the English language and within the UK. Now
this also included Scotland and South Africa and later Zimbabwe, but it was
still a pretty limited geographic region and there were a lot of people
who were left out. This was changed several years ago to include any
original novel published in the English language and it was a bit of a
controversy but it did indeed widen the pool of authors who were up for the
prize. And I’ll leave a link to their backlist down below.
Here are some of my favorite Booker Prize winning novels in no particular
order: “Midnight’s Children” by Salman Rusdie “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo
Ishiguro. I know I butchered that. I’m so sorry. “The English Patient” by Michael Ondaatje. And now I butchered that too. I’m so sorry. “The God of Small Things” by Arundhati Roy. “The Blind Assassin” by Margaret Atwood. Ad I’m sure you’ve
heard of this one, “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. Now again there are plenty of
other amazing novels on this list and again I apologize to everyone whose name I just butchered. Really sorry. Now for each of these awards there’s been
controversy around the novels that won and the novels that lost. No institution
is ever perfect but when it comes to a starting place for finding
literary fiction you could do a lot worse
I also recommend checking out the long list for each of these awards. There are
hundreds of amazing books on these lists and I hope you enjoy them as much as I
have. Now if you’re a fan of short fiction let’s talk about some of my
favorite literary magazines especially those online (not that I’m biased) and
I’ll leave the links to all of these down below. Again in no particular order
I’ve got American Short Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly. Pank. wigleaf. The Sun. The
New Yorker. And McSweeney’s. So if you like satirical and humorous writing you
want to check out McSweeney’s. And don’t forget Flash Fiction
Online. We publish both genre and literary fiction. And again if you’re
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2 Replies to “Examples of Literary Fiction Man Booker & Pulitzer Prizes

  1. W00t! Thanks for that. I'll be accessing those lists. 🙂

    And do talk about the genre awards, not only Hugo and Nebula, but Edgar and Rita and World Fantasy and Campbell and Peabody and Caldecott and… I mean, those are 'genres' too, right? I don't even know how many there are. I'm most familiar with the first two on that list. 🙂

  2. I am currently reading The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters. It's a slow burn Gothic, very layered and textured. I'm loving it.

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