2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist. As this month’s list was moving to publication, word has come from London that David Szalay and his  fabulous novel of nine pieces, All That Man Is (Graywolf), has made the 2016 Man Booker Prize Shortlist, a considerable feat. All That Man Is tells of ‘a’ man’s life, by telling stories of nine different men at different stages of life. “This feels like a great novel driven by its overarching theme: what is my life, here and now, all about? Each story grips the reader by the throat. We fully inhabit their progression of heroes and finally face the dreadful truth of the human condition: that nothing is eternal, not us, not our children, the human race, the Earth nor the stars. Rarely has it been so brilliantly and chillingly spelled out.”—Daily Mail (UK). “Without exception, the stories—subtle, seductive, poignant, humorous—bear witness to the alienation, self-doubt, and fragmentation of contemporary life; each succeeds on its own while complementing the others. Szalay’s riveting prose and his consummate command of structure illuminate the individual while exploring society’s unsettling complexity. In 2013, Szalay was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. This effort exceeds even that lofty expectation.”—Publishers Weekly. David Szalay’s earlier novels, prize-winners among them, are London and the South-east, The Innocent, and Spring.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122