As Atwoodian handmaids moved in robes and bonnets around the property, Wales’ 31st flagship Hay Festival drew some 700 speakers and sold more than a quarter of a million tickets to its 800 events in literature and contemporary issues.
The 50th anniversary ‘Golden Man Booker Prize’ will go to one of the five titles shortlisted from five decades of previous winners. The public now is voting to determine which of these books will be most ‘golden’ of all.
A veteran foreign correspondent and Asia editor to The Times, Richard Lloyd Parry has won the Rathbones Foiio for his examination of the worst catastrophe in Japan since the atomic bombings of World War II.
In a contentious turn of events, the Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist announcement prompts criticism of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, while the Rathbones prize, itself, admits US entries, as the Booker does.
Resurfacing many lesser-known Man Booker Prize for Fiction winners of the past, the Booker Foundation opens a crowdsourced competition to select the best of the best of 50 years.
Some publishing players in the UK are protesting the Man Booker Prize for Fiction’s eligibility rules, saying that the Booker should reimpose a ‘ban on American writers.’
The Man Booker Prize is now open to Irish books. The Booker Prize Foundation says the aim is to recognize Irish independent publishers as readily as those in the UK.
Europeana’s contribution to the European Year of Culture is a collection on migration. And the Fiction Man Booker names Kwame Anthony Appiah as chair.
The second American to win the UK’s coveted Man Booker Prize for Fiction, George Saunders takes the £50,000 purse for his novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’.
As the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction is announced, prize juror Colin Thubron offers an inside look at the selection process.