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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 457 Dear Sir, Re: Bench and Bar (2017) 75 Advocate 307 Do Not Say We Have Nothing won the Giller Prize, not the Man Booker Prize. Charles (Chuck) F. Willms Vancouver Dear Sir, Re: Bench and Bar (2017) 75 Advocate 307 In the Bench and Bar section of the March 2017 edition of your esteemed organ it is written, at page 316, that Madeleine Thien won the 2016 Booker Prize for her autobiographical novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing. Your writer also states at page 317 that no American has “yet won” this most prestigious international literary competition. Regrettably you have got it wrong. Although Madeleine Thien was shortlisted for the prize and, according to the Globe and Mail, was expected to win, the 2016 Man Booker Prize was awarded to the American writer Paul Beatty for The Sellout. I have to tell you, if you have not already read it, The Sellout is one of the most brilliant, funny and moving novels I have ever read. It is right up there with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Catch-22 in the un-put-down-able category of American literature. I agree with the assessment in The Guardian that it is “the most lacerating American satire in years.” On the other hand, I have not read Do Not Say We Have Nothing and intend to do so at the first opportunity. Jeffrey Green, Q.C. Victoria t t t t t


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