25th September 2023 by

Page Breaks: Book Prizes (1pm, Mon 2 Oct)

The Booker Prize shortlist 2023

For our first Page Breaks of 2023 we’re talking about literary prizes: what’s the point? Which are are our favourites? How do they influence our literary interests? We’ll read two short texts on this topic and compare their perspectives with our own.

When and Where

1pm, Monday 2nd October, Arts 237

The room is on the second floor of the Arts building. Turn left from the landing on floor 2, and Arts 237 is at the far end of the long corridor.


You can access a PDF of this week’s texts on our password-protected page – email Dorothy (d.butchard@bham.ac.uk) for the password.

  • Roger Rosenblatt’s NYT article “What’s the Point of Prizes?” (Read on our site / Read on NYT)
  • Amber Sparks’s response on Slate: “Well, What Is the Point of Prizes?” (Read on our site / Read on Slate)

Thanks to Ellen Addis for suggesting this week’s readings!