Amer­i­can Anne Tyler, Ja­maican Mar­lon James up for Booker Prize for fic­tion

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON - Nov­els by Amer­i­cans Anne Tyler and Mar­i­lynne Robin­son are among 13 con­tenders for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) Booker Prize for fic­tion. The list, cho­sen from 156 en­tries and an­nounced Wed­nes­day, in­cludes “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Mar­lon James, the first Ja­maica-born Booker con­tender. Also se­lected are Ire­land's Anne En­right for “The Green Road” and Bri­tish writer An­drew O'Ha­gan's “The Il­lu­mi­na­tions.” Two years ago, writ­ers of all na­tion­al­i­ties be­came el­i­gi­ble for the Booker, pre­vi­ously open only to Bri­tish, Ir­ish and Com­mon­wealth au­thors. Six fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced Sept. 15 and the win­ner re­vealed Oct. 13.

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