Booker Prize shortlisted
ORGANISERS behind the prestigious Man
Booker Prize have chosen Liverpool to host a special event ahead of the 2016
winner being announced.
On Thursday, 20 October 2016, 4 of the 6 shortlisted 2016 Man Booker Prize
authors will head to St George's Hall where they will read extracts of their
acclaimed novels, before taking part in a question and answer session with the
audience; just 5 days before the overall winner is announced in London on
Tuesday, 25 October 2016.
Those taking part, and their books, are:-
► Paul Beatty, The Sellout – a remarkable satire on race relations in the
US, whose narrator ironically initiates the most outrageous action conceivable -
reinstating slavery and segregation at a local high school.
► Deborah Levy, Hot Milk – a witty novel
which studies the relationship between a mother and daughter, examining female
rage and sexuality.
► Graeme Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project –
a painfully realistic picture of poverty in a small community in the Scottish
Highlands told through documents relating to the case of Roderick Macrae.
► Otessa Moshfegh, Eileen – a compelling
story of a disturbed young woman working in a boys' prison, pulled in to crime
by a strange new friendship.
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor
Wendy Simon, said:- "I'm delighted that this Man Booker Prize event is
heading to Liverpool; it's a real coup for the City. The prize itself is the
equivalent of the literary Oscars and so it is wonderful to be able to host many
of the shortlisted authors in the beautiful surroundings of the Concert Room. Of
course they are in very good company as Charles Dickens and William Makepeace
Thackeray have stood on that very stage and given readings. Having these
acclaimed authors under one roof, reading extracts from what are regarded as the
best books of the year, will be a huge treat for literary fans, and will really
whet the appetite ahead of the winner announcement on Tuesday, 25 October 2016."
Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gaby Wood, says:- "We're
delighted to be bringing some of this year's Man Booker Prize shortlisted
authors to Liverpool; a great City of culture and a City of great readers. If
audience members haven't yet discovered these excitingly varied novels, they are
in for an enormous treat."
Tickets for the event are now on sale - £10 full price and £7 concessions. To
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