Jones and Bechard Win the Commonwealth Overalls

(No, not that kind of overalls.)

The overall winners for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize were announced last Sunday at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Kingston, Jamaica. I would have been there, but I had pressing business in Miami, Oklahoma.

Overall Best Book

Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones (Penguin)

Overall Best First Book

Vandal Love, by D.Y. Béchard (Doubleday)

Messrs. Jones and Béchard are from New Zealand and Canada, respectively. How Commonwealth is that?

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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