The Man Booker Prize is one of my favorite book prizes not because it always chooses an excellent book (or even a good book, for that matter) but because it has become a bookreading institution. I know of no other prize that stirs up as much conversation as the Booker Prize does with its longlist and shortlist. I still remember during the 2004 shortlist season (the best of recent shortlists — perhaps the best of shortlists) speaking to my cabdriver in London about whether Cloud Atlas should win the prize. I love the shortlist displays in Great Britain bookstores. Indeed, the months August to October are better thanks to the Man Booker Prize.
For those of you who are interested, I recommend visiting and potentially joining The Complete Booker Challenge.
Click here for the Man Booker website.
Click here for a list of past winners.