Man Booker Longlist 2016 Includes Writing Program Faculty, Alumnus

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The 2016 Man Booker longlist includes School of the Arts faculty and alumni. Writing Program faculty member Paul Beatty was selected for his book, The Sellout (Oneworld). Alumnus David Means '87 was selected for his debut novel, Hystopia (Faber & Faber).

The Man Booker Prize has been awarded every year since 1969. It is open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia Williams. It was chosen from 155 submissions. According to judge Amanda Foreman: “Each novel provoked intense discussion and, at times, passionate debate, challenging our expectations of what a novel is and can be… From the historical to the contemporary, the satirical to the polemical, the novels in this list come from both established writers and new voices.”

The shortlist of six books will be announced on Tuesday 13 September at a press conference at the London offices of Man Group, the prize’s sponsor. The shortlisted authors each receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book.
The 2016 winner will then be announced on Tuesday 25 October. The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize will receive a further £50,000 and can expect international recognition.

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