Man Booker Prize Names Nigerian Writer Chika Unigwe On Panel Of Judges

Chika Unigwe

The judges for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize were announced on July 7, 2016.

The judges that make up the panel are Nigerian-born writer Chika Unigwe, translator Daniel Hahn; award-winning poet Helen Mort; Turkish author and academic Elif Shafak and it is chaired by Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The 2017 panel of judges would be looking for the best translated fiction book of the year selected from entries published in the UK between 1 May 2016 and 30 April 2017.

The 2016 prize was won by Korean author Han Kang and her translator Deborah Smith for The Vegetarian. The £50,000 prize was shared equally by author and translator.

Sales increased sporadically in both the UK and Korea after the prize was announced.

The ‘Man Booker Dozen’ which comprises 12 or 13 books will be announced in March 2017 followed by the shortlist of six books in April 2017. The winner will be announced in May 2017.

The prize is sponsored by Man Group which also sponsors the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Both prizes strive to recognize and reward the finest in contemporary literature.


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