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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010



Toronto Star's publishing reporter Vit Wagner reported Tuesday's choices which largely ignored entries from past winners of the Man Booker Literary Prize. The $50,000 book award is Canada's most sought-after literary prize.

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Wagner says: "The 2010 finslists, revealed Tuesday in Toronto, are as subject to debate as those of any other year."

This year's panel of judges: Canadian broadcaster Michael Enright, U.S. novelist Claire Messud, and U.K. author Ali Smith. 38 publishers submitted 98 books.

Favourites Asia Man Booker winner Miguel Syjuco (Ilustrado) and UK Booker finalist Emma Donoghue (Room) were shut out from the previous 13 longlisted authors.

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