Submitted by The Booker Prizes on Fri, 17/04/2020 - 09:38
The winner announcement for the 2020 International Booker Prize, due to take place on 19 May, will be postponed until later in the summer to ensure that readers are able to get hold of copies of the shortlisted books. The online announcement of the shortlist had unprecedented reach and engagement, but access to the books at present is problematic. In discussions with the Booker Prize Foundation, publishers have stressed how severely book distribution is disrupted due to COVID-19, so steps are being taken to ensure that the authors, translators, publishers and book trade are best supported at this difficult time.
The Booker Prize Foundation is keeping the situation under review, and will communicate a new announcement date as soon as possible. Plans will also be unveiled to re-promote the shortlist in the lead-up to the winner announcement.
Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, says,
‘After careful consideration, we’ve decided on this course of action to ensure that the shortlist, and ultimately the winner, can be celebrated at a time when readership of these exceptional novels is made easier for everyone. As the world begins to recover, their contents will be found all the more rewarding for being, in effect, a form of travel.’