Madeleine Thien and David Szalay are the two Canadians among 13 international authors longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. The £50‚000 award honours an exceptional work of English-language fiction published in the U.K. each year. The judging panel – comprised of writer and academic Jon Day‚ English instructor Abdulrazak Gurnah‚ poet and creative writing professor David Harsent‚ and actor and journalist Olivia Williams‚ and chaired by historian and columnist Amanda Foreman – selected the longlist‚ which includes four debut novelists and one two-time Booker winner‚ from 155 submissions.
Thien is nominated for her fourth book and third novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Knopf Canada)‚ about an extended family in China amid and following Mao’s Cultural Revolution‚ including the Tiananmen Square protests.
Szalay is longlisted for All That Man Is (McClelland & Stewart)‚ a collection of short stories that take place in Europe and tell of men in various stages of life‚ often starting in medias res and dealing with themes of masculinity and human connection.
A six-author shortlist will be revealed Sept. 13‚ and the winner‚ on Oct. 25.