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The Man Booker International Prize 2015 finalists to be announced at the University of Cape Town

The Man Booker International Prize 2015 finalists to be announced at the University of Cape Town

The Man Booker International Prize will announce the list of finalists for 2015 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday 24 March 2015. The finalists will be announced at a press conference by Dame Marina Warner, chair of the 2015 judges.


The list of finalists has traditionally been announced in a city other than London, with previous announcements having taken place in Toronto, Washington DC, New York, Sydney and Jaipur.


This is the first year the event is taking place in Africa – the home continent of two-time Booker Prize winner and Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee, who is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of English at UCT.


The announcement will be accompanied by a series of public events, including: an evening with the judges at Book Lounge, in Roeland Street, a panel discussion on “World Literature from the Global South” at the Jameson Hall, University of Cape Town and a public event at Cape Town Central Library.


The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction.  Worth £60,000 to the winner, the prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. 


The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel; there are no submissions from publishers.  Previous winners have been Lydia Davis (2013), Philip Roth (2011), Alice Munro (2009), Chinua Achebe (2007) and Ismail Kadare (2005).  In addition, there is a separate award for translation and, if applicable, the winner can choose a translator of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.


The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2015 is chaired by Dame Marina Warner, writer and academic.  It consists of novelist Nadeem Aslam; novelist, critic and Professor of English at Oxford University, Elleke Boehmer; Editorial Director of the New York Review Classics series, Edwin Frank,  and Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature at SOAS, University of London, Wen-chin Ouyang.