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The judges for the 2011 Man Booker International Prize are announced today, Wednesday 3 March, 2010. Chaired by writer, academic and rare-book dealer Dr. Rick Gekoski, this eminent panel consists of publisher, writer and critic, Carmen Callil, and award-winning novelist, Justin Cartwright. Described by the Observer as "an ever more competent alternative to the Nobel", the Prize has rapidly established itself as a leading accolade in the world literature arena.
Fiammetta Rocco, administrator of the prize, comments:
"The three judges of the 2011 Man Booker International Prize are drawn from the world of letters around the globe. Between them they have a lifetime's experience as writers, editors, publishers, academics and scholars, as well as readers, and will bring considerable knowledge, enthusiasm and a high standard of excellence to the task before them."
The Man Booker International Prize recognizes 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. Alice Munro won the 2009 prize, Chinua Achebe the 2007 prize and Ismail Kadaré the inaugural prize in 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 judges' list of finalists, approximately fifteen writers under serious consideration for the prize, will be announced in spring 2011. The winner of the next Man Booker International Prize will be announced in early summer 2011. The prize will be presented at an awards ceremony in July 2011.
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 up-to-date information and photographs of the judging panel, please visit www.manbookerinternational.com or contact Caroline Brown or Mark Hutchinson at Colman Getty on 020 7631 2666 or [email protected] or [email protected].
Rick Gekoski (Chair)
Dr. Rick Gekoski is one of the world's leading bookmen: a writer, rare-book dealer, broadcaster and academic. An American who came to England in 1966, and now a dual UK/US citizen, he took a B. Phil and D.Phil. in English at Oxford University. From 1971-1987 he was a member of the English Department of the University of Warwick, where he became a senior lecturer and chairman of the Faculty of Arts. In the mid-1980s he started his business dealing in rare books and manuscripts of twentieth century English and American literature. He has established two private presses, The Sixth Chamber Press and The Bridgewater Press, which issue finely printed editions of leading writers, novelists and poets.
He has published a critical book on Joseph Conrad, and co-authored the Bibliography of William Golding. Staying Up (1998), a book on Premiership football, was hailed as "richly comic" by Ian Hamilton, "...the year's best soccer book by far." In 2004, the acclaimed Tolkien's Gown And Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books, was described by Colm Tóibín as "wonderfully paced and full of rich and fascinating detail," and by David Lodge (Books of the Year) as "an irresistible mix of droll humour, shrewd literary criticism and fascinating anecdote." In 2009, Outside of a Dog: A Bibliomemoir, an account of his life traced through his reading, received outstanding reviews.
As a broadcaster he has written and delivered three series of Rare Books, Rare People for BBC Radio 4, which he followed with two series of Lost, Stolen, or Shredded: The History of Some Missing Works of Art.
Rick teaches creative non-fiction for the Arvon Foundation, and sits on their Development Board. He was a Man Booker Prize judge in 2005.
Carmen Thérèse Callil is a publisher, writer and critic. She was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1938 and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a BA Arts degree in History and Literature in 1960. Ever since, she has lived in London where she began work in publishing as a Publicity Manager. She left publishing in 1971 to work for Ink, a countercultural newspaper set up by Richard Neville, Andrew Fisher, Felix Dennis and Ed Victor.
In 1972 Callil founded the publishing company, Virago, to publish books which celebrated women and women's lives, literature and history. In 1982 she was appointed managing director of Chatto & Windus and The Hogarth Press where she remained until 1994, continuing, also, as chairman of Virago Press until 1995. In 1994 she was editor-at-large for Random House worldwide.
From 1985-1991 she was on the board of Channel 4 Television. She served as a member of the management committee of the Booker Prize, 1979-1984; she was a founder director of The Groucho Club, London, 1984-1994; and in 1989 received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Women's Writing Guild. She is a Doctor of Letters from Sheffield University, the University of York, Oxford Brookes University and the Open University. She has also been a judge of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and The Orwell Prize. She chaired the judges of the Booker Prize for Fiction, in 1996.
Her publications include, The Modern Library: The Best 200 Novels in English since 1950 (Picador, 1999) a book about fiction, written with Colm Tóibín; The British Council's New Writing 7 an anthology edited with Craig Raine (Vintage, 1998); and Bad Faith: A Forgotten History of Family & Fatherland, a book about Vichy France and World War II, and the man who oversaw the despatch of French Jews to the death camps, Louis Darquier (Jonathan Cape, 2006).
She is currently working on Oh Happy Day: A Story about the life and times of her ancestors from England, Ireland and Lebanon, and their emigration to Australia in the mid-nineteenth century.
Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and educated in the United States and at Trinity College, Oxford. He went on to work in advertising as a copywriter and progressed to making documentary films on a number of subjects, as various as the Dead Sea Scrolls and lions hunting at night in Africa.
He has written 12 novels, including In Every Face I Meet, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1995, and Leading the Cheers, which won the Whitbread Novel Award in 1998. Five of his novels have been shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel Award. The Promise of Happiness won the Hawthornden Prize in 2005 and the Sunday Times of South Africa's Literary Prize. The Song Before It Is Sung, published in 2007, was praised as a "quiet masterpiece" by the Los Angeles Times and won the inaugural Jewish Cultural Award.
He has also written two works of non-fiction, one an Oxford memoir, This Secret Garden: Oxford Revisited for Bloomsbury's Writer in the City series.
He is a critic and a frequent contributor to BBC's Front Row and other cultural programmes. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Quotes on The Man Booker International Prize
Alice Munro, on winning the 2009 Prize: "I am totally amazed and delighted."
Chinua Achebe, on winning the 2007 Prize: "It means I am appreciated in certain quarters, that my work means something to people. When I started writing all those years ago, I wasn't even aware there were such rewards. All I had in mind was to write a story, in the way that fiction can be true. I had to be honest. I was not going to be pushed around. And so, to have appreciation of any kind is wonderful."
Ismail Kadaré, on winning the 2005 Prize: "I feel deeply honoured by the award of the Man Booker International Fiction Prize. My firm hope is that European and world opinion may henceforth realize that this region, to which my country, Albania, belongs, can also give rise to other kinds of news and be the home of other kinds of achievement, in the field of the arts, literature and civilization... I would like to take the prize that I have been awarded as confirmation that my confidence and my hopes have not been misplaced."
"an ever more competent alternative to the Nobel" - Observer
"the Olympics of literature" - National Post Toronto
"one of the great literary accolades" - Observer
"a clash of the world's literary giants" - Guardian
"one of the most eminent events in the literary calendar" - The Times
Notes to Editors
The Man Booker International Prize is unique in the world of literature in that it can be won by an author of any nationality, providing that his or her work is available in the English language. It is awarded every second year. An author can only win the award once.
If applicable and in accordance with the rules of the separate prize for translation, the winner can choose a translator or translators of his or her work into English to receive a prize of £15,000.
The Administrators of the Man Booker International Prize are Fiammetta Rocco and Ion Trewin - also Literary Director of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Photographs of the judges are available from Colman Getty.
Colman Getty handles PR and event management for the prize and provides administrative back-up.
The Man Booker International Prize website includes detailed information about all aspects of the prize and runs regular news bulletins: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/prize/man-booker-international
The Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules, the selection of the judges and other matters relating to the Man Booker Prizes, represents all sides of the book world. Its members are: Ion Trewin, Chair (Literary Director, Man Booker Prizes); Richard Cable, publisher; Mark Chilton, Company Secretary, Booker Ltd; Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, Man Group plc; Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust; Victoria Glendinning, writer; Basil Comely, BBC TV; Derek Johns, literary agent; Peter Kemp, fiction editor, The Sunday Times; Nigel Newton, publisher; Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize administrator); Eve Smith (Company Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation); and 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 former Chairman of Booker plc, Jonathan Taylor CBE (Chair); Lord Baker of Dorking CH; playwright and President of the Royal Literary Fund, Ronald Harwood CBE; former Chair of the British Council, Baroness Kennedy QC; writer, Baroness Neuberger DBE; and former Finance Director of Rentokil plc, Christopher Pearce. Martyn Goff CBE, former Man Booker Prize administrator, is President of the Foundation and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is a Vice President.
The Man Booker Prize is sponsored by Man Group plc. Man is a world-leading alternative investment management business. With a broad range of funds for institutional and private investors globally, it is known for its performance, innovative product design and investor service. Man manages around $42.4 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 100 Index with a market capitalisation of around £5 billion. Man Group is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the FTSE4Good Index.
Man Group supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world, including sponsorship of the Man Booker literary prizes. In the year to March 2010 the Man Group plc Charitable Trust continued to fund innovative projects for children and adults that improve literacy. Donations were made to support the "Every Child a Reader" reading recovery programme, Dyslexia Action, The Mayor's Fund for London, National Literacy Trust and St Petrock's (Exeter). The Trust also supports the RNIB Talking Books Service, enabling the production and distribution of Talking Book formats of the shortlisted titles of the Man Booker Prize.
Further information can be found at www.mangroupplc.com
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