Murakami Favored to Win This Year’s Nobel Prize in Literature


If you’re a passionate reader who enjoys placing the odd bet on major book prizes (or hyper-analyzing speculation on who’s going to win), then you’ll be interested to hear that the British gambling site Ladbrokes has set its odds for this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Of the 210 nominated writers, Haruki Murakami tops the list at 10/1 odds, followed by Chinese author Mo Yan and Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, who are both pulling a 12/1. If you’re feeling extremely lucky, we recommend putting your money down on Jonathan Franzen or Paul Auster — with 100/1 odds, in the rare event that either Brooklynite does win in October, you’ll be getting quite the return on your wager! [via Vulture]