The winner of the Nobel prize for literature will be announced on October 12th in Sweden. Who will it be? Newsweek says Orhan Pamuk. The AP mentions him, as well as Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, Syrian poet Adonis, and Swedish poet Thomas Transtromer. The Guardian's Culture Vulture lists a few others, including Korean poet Ko Un, Amos Oz, and Mario Vargas Llosa. Considering that Americans have so far won all of the other 2006 Nobels, I'm guessing that the lit prize won't go to a Yank.
Meanwhile, Critical Mass, the online voice of the National Book Critics Circle, reminds us that the Booker top prize and the National Book Award finalists will also be announced this week.
Thank you to MoorishGirl for the Newsweek tip and to SignOnSanDiego for the AP story.