Posted on April 20, 2020 at 8:53 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:
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, written by Shokoofeh Azar and translated by Anonymous from Farsi.
The Adventures of China Iron, written by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara and translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh from Spanish.
Tyll, written by Daniel Kehlmann and translated by Ross Benjamin from German.
Hurricane Season, written by Fernanda Melchor and translated by Sophie Hughes from Spanish.
The Memory Police, written by Yōko Ogowa and translated by Stephen Snyder from Japanese.
The Discomfort of Evening, written by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translated by Michele Hutchison from Dutch.
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