What is BookerMarks?
It’s a collaborative undertaking spearheaded by seven independent bloggers to shadow this year’s Man Booker award proceedings from the unveiling of the long list in July all the way through to the announcement of the winning selection in October.
How does BookerMarks work?
When the long list of twelve novels is announced on July 25th each blogger will select three titles that they are responsible for reading by the time the shortlist is announced on September 11th. They are then free to read any additional titles on the long list once their initial selections have been completed. For each selection read they will provide a formal review as well as a ranking on a scale of 1-5 (half numbers are allowed). These scores will be averaged and the six titles with the highest ranking will become our predicted short list. A leaderboard will be maintained on a daily basis so that visitors can quickly see which titles we believe to be most worthy of short list consideration.
Each blogger will be responsible for reading ALL of the titles on the official short list when it is announced on September 11th. For each selection read they will provide a formal review as well as a ranking on a scale of 1-5 (half numbers are allowed). These scores will be averaged and the title with the highest ranking will become our predicted prize winner. During the short list period we’ll attempt to make things more interactive with group discussions on each of the finalists, opinion polls for our viewers, and more.
In addition, along the way we’ll be providing news, opinions, and discussion around all things Man Booker both past and present, including reviews of some past contenders that we liked as well as some that we did not.
Who is BookerMarks?
Opinionless: http://www.opinionless.com (Aaron)
Literary Hoarders: http://literaryhoarders.wordpress.com/ (Elizabeth, Jackie & Penny)
Hooked Bookworm: http://www.hookedbookworm.blogspot.com/ (Karli)
Reader and a Rider: http://readerandrider.blogspot.com/ (Michelle)
40 Gigs and a Mule: http:// www.40gigsandamule.com (Mike)
I encourage you to stop by the pages listed above and check out the amazing work posted every day by each of the project’s contributing bloggers. Of course we’d all love it if you also followed our progress at http://bookermarks.wordpress.com and on Twitter at @BookerMarks.
The Literary Hoarders will be cross-posting over the coming months as we build up to the finale of the Man Booker Prize 2012!