Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Obama battles vampires for Galaxy prize

Can Barack Obama see off a teen vampire queen and a Booker-winner as successfully as he trounced John McCain? The newly elected US president is up for author of the year in the Galaxy British Book Awards for his political memoir The Audacity of Hope, alongside Stephanie Meyer's conclusion to her vampire tetralogy Breaking Dawn, Aravind Adiga's Booker prize-winning The White Tiger, and Diana Athill's memoir of old age Somewhere Towards the End.

Obama is also shortlisted for the biography of the year prize for his bestselling memoir Dreams of My Father, where he faces an even more eclectic collection of fellow nominees: Paul O'Grady, Marcus Trescothick, Dawn French, JG Ballard and Julie Walters.

A spokesperson for the prize said that the American president would be welcome to attend the awards ceremony on 3 April. "He's in London for the G20 summit, but I think he will be otherwise engaged," she added.

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Borders Author of the Year

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
The Audacity Of Hope by Barack Obama
The Road Home by Rose Tremain