LITERARY GEMS: Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Irish novelist Colm Toibin are among six finalists vying for the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction. Lahiri's Indian-American family saga The Lowland and Toibin's The Testament of Mary will compete against Zimbabwe's NoViolet Bulawayo (We Need More Names); New Zealand-based Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries); Britain's Jim Crace (Harvest) and Canada's Ruth Ozeki (A Tale For The Time Being). The winner of the prize will be announced at a ceremony in London on Oct. 15.
PAGE BY PAGE: Arguably the most exciting category in the annual BIAJ National Book Awards is the Readers' Choice, for which the general public gets to have a say about who takes home an award. Among the books/authors competing are Ditta Sylvester's Puss Food and Other Jamaican Stories; No Boy Like Amanda by Hope Barnett; The Turtle Tale by Latoya Newman; Bolo the Monkey by Jonathan Burke and Nicholas Martin; Island Princess in Brooklyn by Diane Browne; Peedum and Other Original Jamaican Village Stories by Lena Joy Rose; and Streaming by Dr. Marcia Forbes.The awards will be held November 14, 2013.