Summer is coming closer, and this is visible in the short list of Fairs and Festivals on offer this month. But there are a some Award announcements to look forward to before the summer slump takes over completely. The Orange Prize is back with its new name, not Apple or Blackberry, but Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the winner will be announced next Wednesday. Will Hilary Mantel win another prize? The event can be watched live on a Google + hangout on the Huffington Post UK website. The following day one of the largest sums of money is awarded to a writer at the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award ceremony. As a fan of Haruki Murakami I am rooting for IQ84.

One of the most awaited books this month is Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane but there are plenty of others to choose from. In Carnival Rawi Hage takes us to the surreal world of a taxi driver in an unnamed busy metropolis, while Matt Bell tells us a story of a marriage falling apart in the wilderness, complete with a raging husband and a wife that sings new objects into existence (In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods). There is a book about war in South Sudan (Children Are Diamonds) and another one about Iran (Children of the Jacaranda Tree). There is also a new book (Taipei) by Tao Lin, a writer who people tend to love or hate. So that might be an interesting one.

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