Posted on 04/20/2020 at 08:53 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The organizers of the International Booker Prize have decided to delay the announcement of the winner, because (of course) of the effects of the coronavirus pandemics.

The publishers of books on the shortlist pointed out that readers were struggling to get their hands on copies of these books.

With the winner set to be revealed May 19, they doubted the supply-chain issues would be resolved, thus depriving that author (and, okay, the publisher) of the typical ensuing sales boost.

The Guardian quoted one publisher as saying the Booker Foundation had already been considering a postponement, though no date has been set.

These six books remain in contention for the International Booker and its £50,000 ($64,400) prize:

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