Toronto author Miriam Toews is a finalist for the second annual Folio Prize, open to international authors of English-language fiction of any genre published in the U.K, for her novel All My Puny Sorrows (Knopf Canada).
A judging panel chaired by renowned author William Fiennes and comprising authors Rachel Cooke, Mohsin Hamid, A.M. Homes, and Deborah Levy culled the shortlist from 60 titles nominated by the Folio Prize Academy and an additional 20 nominated by publishers.
The list is as follows:
- Rachel Cusk, Outline (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
- Ben Lerner, 10:04 (McClelland & Stewart)
- Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation (Knopf Canada)
- Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Dust (Knopf Canada)
- Akhil Sharma, Family Life (W.W. Norton)
- Ali Smith, How to Be Both (Hamish Hamilton Canada)
- Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows (Knopf Canada)
- Colm Tóibín, Nora Webster (McClelland & Stewart)
All My Puny Sorrows was also shortlisted for last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize and earned Toews the 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
The £40,000 award will be presented at a ceremony in London on March 23 after the three-day Folio Prize Fiction Festival.