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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

President Obama makes British Book Awards shortlist

Twice! Barack Obama, US President, leads the nominations for the 2009 British Books Awards in two categories, author of the year, and biography of the year.

As reported by BBC News Online, Obama is lined up against Stephanie Meyer, Rose Tremain, Diana Athill, Sebastian Barry and Aravind Adiga for the Best Author Award. (One couldn't dream up a more varied selection in a lifetime!)

His contender for Best Biography Award, Dreams from my Father (first published in 1995),faces strong competition from memoirs by JG Ballard, Dawn French, Paul O'Grady, Julie Walters, and Marcus Trescothick.

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