A consolation contest: guess the Nobel Prize for Literature

As I noted this morning, my Nobel Prize Contest was a miserable failure: nobody even came close to guessing any winners of the three science prizes. Ergo, nobody won.

Well, you get another chance. The Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded tomorrow morning. Guess the winner and put your guess below.

Rules: One guess only, and best to give a single name. In the unlikely event that the prize is shared by more than one person, your guess is counted correct only if you name both people. Since you can win with just one name, best to suggest only one name.

The first person to guess the winner wins the prize, so if you have a likely candidate, best to post the name now.

The contest closes at 7 p.m. Chicago time today.

The Prize will be be a paperback copy of Faith Versus Fact, autographed, made out to you, and bearing an original PCC(E)-drawn animal cartoon with a pro-science and anti-faith message.

Let’s have some entries this time—this ain’t rocket science.

51 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Steven Pinker

  2. sgo
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Cees Nooteboom.

  3. daniaq
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Ngugi wa Thiong’o

  4. JasonG
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Yan Lianke

  5. Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Elena Ferrante

  6. Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Ooooh, I guessed Margaret Atwood previously. I’m still hoping that Rushdie wins one of these days, especially after that slimeball Handke won last year, but I won’t go with what I would like to see happen.

    I’m changing my prediction from Atwood, though. My new guess is Jamaica Kincaid.

    • Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:49 am | Permalink

      By any standard, Rushdie deserves the Prize. In fact, I’d thought he’d already won it, but he hasn’t. And now I doubt he will, for there would be Islamic violence if he did. Is the Committee afraid of that? If not, why hasn’t he gotten the award?

      • Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:54 am | Permalink

        I think they’ll play it very safe this year after the last few years of controversy they’ve had. A Rushdie prize would cause a kerfuffle! I imagine they probably are scared. But then, the Nobel often fails to find its way to the most deserving writers: imagine having Tolstoy nominated several times and not awarding it to him!!

    • Posted October 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

      They hardly covered themselves in glory with Dylan!

  7. Mary Ann Bushman
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Margaret Atwood, who richly deserves it!

    • Jonathan Dore
      Posted October 7, 2020 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Yes indeed, one of that small group (like Rushdie) one is surprised to find hasn’t won already.

  8. drakodoc
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Margaret Atwood

  9. John Dmytrenko
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Haruki Murakami

  10. darrelle
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Maryse Condé

    • Posted October 7, 2020 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      You stole my pick! 😆

      • darrelle
        Posted October 8, 2020 at 10:25 am | Permalink

        We are both losers!

        • Posted October 8, 2020 at 10:29 am | Permalink

          Maybe a tad harsh 🙂 but yes we indeed lost. As did everyone else I see!

  11. Heike Erdmann
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Milan Kundera

    • Jonathan Dore
      Posted October 7, 2020 at 10:02 am | Permalink

      Good call, hadn’t realized he was still alive.

  12. Posted October 7, 2020 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Maryse Conde

    Because he was listed as the bookies favourite on the first web site I went to to find out who was in the running. Also, he hasn’t been mentioned yet.

    • Posted October 7, 2020 at 9:00 am | Permalink

      *she.

      Do you get disqualified for misgendering?

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted October 7, 2020 at 9:43 am | Permalink

        Musta walked on the wild side and had a sex change between books.

  13. David Fuqua
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Margaret Atwood

  14. michael snell
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Anne Carson

  15. Posted October 7, 2020 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    Atwood, Rushdie, McCarthy…consecutively, in a row.

  16. Posted October 7, 2020 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Havent A Cloo

  17. Joseph McClain
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Roddy Doyle. I always was a sucker for long shots at the track.

  18. Blue
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Ms CHANEL MILLER of
    … … KNOW MY NAME: a Memoir

    Blue

  19. Posted October 7, 2020 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Javier Marias

    • Alicia
      Posted October 7, 2020 at 11:57 am | Permalink

      You beat me to it!
      That’s my guess too, Javier Marías, but mainly because I do not like him and, if he wins, I would get a very nice book. (Is this an acceptable reason to enter the contest, Jerry?)

  20. Curtis
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    I am sticking with Maryse Condé.

  21. gormenghastly
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    I would like to read that Margaret Atwood has won it. It’s a travesty that she hasn’t been given it already.

    But the Nobeliers don’t like to be predictable, so it won’t be her this year either.

  22. Pete T
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Yu Hua

  23. Mark R.
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Paul McCartney…hey, if Dylan won, why can’t Paul?

  24. Posted October 7, 2020 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Marilynne Robinson

  25. Posted October 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    I cannot recall the name I put up on Sunday or whenever it was, no – it’s gone! Someone from outside Europe & North America-
    An African, Maybe Ben Okri maybe. About time…

  26. Timothy Bagley
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Laszlo Krasznahorkai

  27. Malcolm
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    Jokha Alharti

  28. Anthony Kerr
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    OK, Haruki Murakami.
    AnthonyK

  29. John Dentinger
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Did I miss someone already picking Ludmilla Ulitskaya? If so, I do.

  30. Raskos
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Kanye West – definitely the best pick, now that Dylan’s got it.

  31. Hazur
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Almudena Grandes.

  32. W.Benson
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m waiting for Nobel Peace prize to be announced Friday: Raioni.

  33. Ullrich Fischer
    Posted October 7, 2020 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    J.K. Rowling 🙂

  34. Heike Erdmann
    Posted October 8, 2020 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Louise Glück!

    • Heike Erdmann
      Posted October 8, 2020 at 6:02 am | Permalink

      After the fact…

  35. W.Benson
    Posted October 8, 2020 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    No Nobel Peace Prize contest? Guess not, but I’m going to put my money on Brazilian indigenous conservation activist Raioni. Greta may also share the prize.


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