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Post Time for the Nobel Prize

It’s time to get your bets down on the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Ladbrokes, the U.K. gambling company that posts odds on just about everything, sees the favorites this way: Syrian poet Adonis is the favorite at 4-1, with Swedish author Thomas Transtromer at 9-2, Thomas Pynchon at 10-1, and Haruki Murakami at 16-1. Betting with my heart, I’d go for Murakami in a minute, but on the theory that the most obscure author (at least to American readers) always wins, it’s got to be a dead heat between Adonis and Transtromer (though fellow Booklister Ian Chipman says he read Transtromer in college). On the other hand, if you’re the type that bets horses on their cool names, it’s got to be Adonis. Stay tuned for the results (and, one hopes, a picture of the winner wearing the traditional roses).

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After more than 30 years at Booklist, editor and publisher Bill Ott continues to edit the crime fiction section of the magazine and still delights in discovering new hard-boiled writers.

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