A Man Booker and Library of Birmingham event for the Birmingham Literature Festival. The announcement of the Man Booker Prize is one of the most hotly anticipated in the literary calendar. Just days before the 2013 Man Booker Prize is awarded, several of the shortlisted writers, some of the most exciting names in contemporary fiction, will come together for the first time to read from their shortlisted books and to answer your questions.
The Man Booker Prize, which was first awarded in 1969, has been variously described as ‘Posh bingo’ and ‘the indispensable literary thermometer’. Whatever your view, each year the prize promotes the finest in new fiction and rewards the year’s best novel, securing international renown for its shortlisted and longlisted authors and giving book lovers worldwide a choice reading list.
This event is part of the Booker Prize Foundation libraries programme. With 322 million visits made to the UK’s public libraries each year, the Man Booker Prize acknowledges the vital role libraries have both for readers and writers across the country. The Booker Prize Foundation has worked with libraries across Britain for many years, promoting the prize to library users and providing materials for librarians to enthuse library reading groups, with over 60% of the UK’s libraries promoting the prize. Both school libraries and public library reading groups also get involved in shadowing the prize, debating the longlist and shortlist, and choosing their own winner. Some of the reading groups will be among the audience at the event this evening.
Book tickets here
The STUDIO at Library Of Birmingham