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International Booker Prize new winner announcement date

International Booker Prize new winner announcement date

Publishers told us about the challenges of getting books into readers’ hands during lockdown and so the Booker Prize Foundation decided that the announcement of the winner would be postponed from the original planned date of 19 May until later in the summer. But books are now being distributed more widely and many booksellers are planning to reopen on Monday 15 June.

The International Booker Prize will begin a promotion of the six books shortlisted for the 2020 Prize in the week that bookshops are permitted to reopen in England, Monday 15 June. The promotion will launch with a series of films about the shortlisted books, featuring the authors and translators alongside readings from actors including Natalie Haynes, Toby Jones and Elizabeth McGovern. 

The winning writer and translator will be announced in a digital ceremony on Wednesday 26 August.

‘With bookshops up and down the country reopening – a vital part of the UK’s cultural bounce back - what better moment to celebrate our wonderful shortlist afresh? These are books deserving of an extended time in the spotlight, which reveal greater depths with each rereading. As my fellow judges and I return to them ahead of our final meeting in August, now is the perfect moment to read along with us, and place an order with your local bookshop,’ says Ted Hodgkinson, Chair of the judges.

The 2020 shortlist is:

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (Farsi-Iran), translated by Anonymous, published by Europa Editions

The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (Spanish-Argentina), translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh, published by Charco Press

Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (Germany-German), translated by Ross Benjamin, published by Quercus

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (Spanish-Mexico), translated by Sophie Hughes, Published by Fitzcarraldo Editions

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Japanese-Japan), translated by Stephen Snyder, published by Harvill Secker

The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (Dutch-Netherlands), translated by Michele Hutchison, published by Faber & Faber