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It's finally here — this year's Booker Prize winner will be announced this Monday in a ceremony at Guildhall. The finalists, for those who may have forgotten, are Kazuo Ishiguro, Juliane Barnes, Zadie Smith, Ali Smith, John Banville, and Sebastian Barry. This year's has been quite a contest, and we can't wait to see who manages to remain standing when all is said and done. However, chances are that our dear readers will find themselves unable to gain entry to the big event (although they can watch it on BBC2, if that's what they choose to do with their Saturday night), and because of that, we offer you this — literary things to do this week that you are actually allowed to participate in. We have a couple of noteworthy events, as well as an impressive bunch of new releases:
Events Around London:
On Thursday (the 6th), Booker Prize nominee Julian Barnes (pictured) will be reading from and signing his acclaimed novel Arthur and George at Waterstone's in Hampstead. 68-69 Hampstead High Street. 7pm. £3.
On Friday (the 7th), Don Paterson makes an appearance at the London Review Bookshop to read from The Book of Shadows. He will also be reading some new (and possibly unpublished) work. 7pm. 14 Bury Place. £4. Contact store to book ahead.
Quite Honestly, by John Mortimer
State of the Union, by Douglas Kennedy
Truth and Consequences, by Alison Lurie
The Paper House, by Carlos Maria Dominguez
Lunar Park, by Bret Easton Ellis
The aforementioned Booker Prize ceremony takes place on Saturday. For those who'd like to weigh in on who the winner ought to be, head over to the Booker Homepage and cast your vote.