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Man Booker International Prize plans announcement in Cape Town

Man Booker International Prize plans announcement in Cape Town

The city of Cape Town in South Africa is set to play an important role in the Man Booker International Prize 2015.  The Man Booker International Prize organisers are starting to plan for the announcement of the list of finalists, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, in March 2015. 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.

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 Marina Warner CBE, the writer and academic and 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.

Fiammetta Rocco, Administrator of the Man Booker International Prize, commented,

“We are in conversation with a number of potential partners in Cape Town, including the University of Cape Town, to firm up plans for an announcement in March 2015. We’re delighted to be bringing the announcement to the continent of Africa for the first time. ”

The prize is sponsored by Man Group plc, which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.  The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it highlights one writer’s overall contribution to fiction on the world stage.  In seeking out literary excellence the judges consider a writer's body of work rather than a single novel.

 

For further information about the prize please visit www.themanbookerprize.com

 

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Notes to Editors

 

·                     The winner of the Man Booker International Prize is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel; there are no submissions from publishers.  An author can only win the award once.  In addition, there is a separate award for translation and, if applicable and in accordance with the rules of the separate prize for translation, the winner may choose a translator of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.

 

·                     South African writer J M Coetzee is one of only three authors to have won the annual Man Booker Prize twice.

 

·                     The Administrator of the Man Booker International Prize is Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor of The Economist. Ion Trewin is Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation.

 

·                     Four Colman Getty handles PR and event management for the prize and provides administrative back-up. Photographs of the judges are available from Four Colman Getty.

 

·                     The Man Booker International Prize website includes detailed information about all aspects of the prize and runs regular news bulletins: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/man-booker-international-prize-2015

 

§     The Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules and on the selection of the judges, represents all aspects of the book world. Its members are:  Ion Trewin- Chair, Literary Director, Booker Prize Foundation; Richard Cable - publisher, Random House; Mark Chilton- Company Secretary and General Counsel of Booker Group plc; Basil Comely - BBC TV; James Daunt-  Managing Director of Waterstone’s; Jonathan Douglas- Director of the National Literacy Trust; Maggie Fergusson - writer and Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature; Derek Johns- literary agent; Peter Kemp- Chief Fiction Reviewer, The Sunday Times; Nigel Newton- publisher, Bloomsbury; Fiammetta Rocco- literary editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize Administrator); Emmanuel Roman- Chief Executive, Man; Eve Smith- Company Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation; Robert Topping - Topping & Company Booksellers

 

§     The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the prize. The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation are: Jonathan Taylor CBE – Chair, former Chairman of Booker plc; Lord Baker of Dorking CH; Bidisha – writer, critic and broadcaster; Victoria Glendinning CBE – biographer; Sir Ronald Harwood CBE- playwright and President of the Royal Literary Fund; Baroness Kennedy QC- former Chair of the British Council and Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford; Sir Andrew Motion - Professor of Creative Writing, Royal Holloway College University of London and former Poet Laureate; James Naughtie- broadcaster; Christopher Pearce - former Finance Director of Rentokil plc.

 

§     Martyn Goff CBE, former Man Booker Prize administrator, is President of the Foundation and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne and Baroness Neuberger are Vice Presidents

 

About Man

·                     Man is an established alternative investment management business. It has expertise in a wide range of liquid investment styles including managed futures, equity, credit and convertibles, emerging markets, global macro and multi-manager, combined with strong product structuring, distribution and client service capabilities. At 30 September 2013, Man managed $52.5 billion.

·                     The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250 Index with a market capitalisation of around £ 1.5 billion. Man is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Man also supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes. Further information can be found at www.man.com

·                     Booker is the UK's leading food wholesaler with over 170 branches nationwide.  It serves over 350,000 independent businesses.

 

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February 2014