We are fewer than 24 hours from the shortlist announcement for the 2019 Booker Prize. Judges Peter Florence (chair), Liz Calder, Afua Hirsch, Xiaolu Guo and Joanna MacGregor will be announcing their selection, whittled down from the 13-strong longlist, at a press conference at the British Library tomorrow.
With The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy and Quichotte by Salman Rushdie published on 30 August, 12 of the 13 books on the longlist are now out in the world, while the contents of the hotly anticipated The Testaments by Margaret Atwood remain under wraps until its publication on 10 September. Review and interview coverage for the longlisted authors has of course stepped up over August, and you may have managed to read up on each of the authors’ literary inspirations in Sunday Times – Culture yesterday.
We’ll be celebrating both the long and shortlisted authors at a party at the Serpentine Gallery tomorrow night and there will be plenty of opportunities to hear from the authors with tickets now available to our Booker shortlist events taking place at Manchester Literature Festival on 11 October, Cheltenham Literature Festival on 12 October and the Southbank Centre on 13 October.