Chika Unigwe appointed to 2017 Man Booker judging panel

Chika Unigwe appointed to 2017 Man Booker judging panel

Nigerian writer, Chika Unigwe has been announced as one of the judges for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. Unigwe will be judging the prize with Edinburgh International Book Festival director Nick Barley who is the chair of the judging panel, translator Daniel Hahn, award-winning poet Helen Mort, Turkish author and academic Elif Shafak.

The judging panel was announced today (7th July), 2016.

The prize will be going into its second year in its newly-evolved form, selecting the best translated book of the year, published in the UK between 1st May 2016 and 30th April 2017, with the winning book’s author and translator rewarded equally.  The original prize format, which launched in 2005, used to reward a body of work as opposed to an individual title, before it was reconfigured last year, merging The Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Last year Korean author Han Kang and her translator Deborah Smith won the prize for The Vegetarian (Portobello Books), with the £50,000 prize split equally between author and translator for the first time. UK sales of The Vegetarian rose six-fold in the week after the prize was announced, according to Man Booker International, who said it lead to “stratospheric” sales in Korea of almost half a million copies two weeks following its win up from 20,000 before it.  Read more 


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