SAUN­DERS, SMITH AND HAMID ARE ON MAN BOOKER SHORTLIST

National Post (Latest Edition) - - BOOKS & WRITERS - Sadaf Ah­san, Week­end Post

The 2017 Man Booker Prize shortlist for fic­tion was an­nounced early Wed­nes­day, fea­tur­ing six of the most talked about au­thors and nov­els of the year. The list in­cludes 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster, His­tory of Wolves by Emily Frid­lund, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, El­met by Fiona Mo­z­ley, Lin­coln in the Bardo by Ge­orge Saun­ders and Au­tumn by Ali Smith. Mo­z­ley and Frid­lund are not only the youngest on the con­sid­er­ably di­verse list, but both first- time nov­el­ists. With the award hav­ing only been open to Amer­i­can au­thors for the last four years, three have made the shortlist this year, in­clud­ing Frid­lund, Auster and Saun­ders. The other three au­thors are Bri­tish, with Smith and Hamid (who is Bri­tishPak­istani), hav­ing pre­vi­ously been short­listed for the award. Chair of judges, Baroness Lola Young, said in a state­ment, “This year’s shortlist both ac­knowl­edges es­tab­lished au­thors and in­tro­duces new voices to the lit­er­ary stage.” The win­ner, who will re­ceive a £50,000 prize, will be an­nounced on Oct. 17 at a cer­e­mony in London.

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