The Man Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world. It's given to a work of fiction written in English and published in Britain. When the prize was begun in 1969, nominees were limited only to writers in Britain, Ireland, Zimbabwe and the Commonwealth countries around the globe. Two years ago, the prize changed its rule to allow writers from across the English speaking world, including Americans, to be considered by the panel of judges.
Last month, the short list of of six finalists was announced for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The winner will be announced tomorrow. One of the finalists is Baltimore's own Anne Tyler, who was nominated for her latest novel, A Spool of Blue Thread. Last February, Tom visited Anne at her home in Roland Park. The book chronicles several generations of the Whitshank family, and Anne started by introducing us to the middle generation, Abby and Red.