The shortlists for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize were announced today. Lots of Canadians in the running - they actually dominate the Best Book category for the Caribbean and Canada region. I'm very pleased to see one of my favourite books from last year - Dragan Todorovic's Diary of Interrupted Days - get nominated in the Best First Book category. Writers from the following four regions are recognized: Africa, Caribbean and Canada, South Asia and Europe, and South East Asia and the Pacific. Lots of great reading suggestions from around the world. For a full list of nominees, click here.