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Awards: Canadians Szalay and Thien shortlisted for Man Booker

Madeleine Thien at Kingston Writers Fest 2011 (Photo: Bernard Clark)

Madeleine Thien at Kingston Writers Fest in 2011 (Photo: Bernard Clark)

Authors Madeleine Thien and David Szalay have been named among the finalists for this year’s Man Booker Prize for a work of English-language fiction published in the U.K.

British-Canadian Szalay is shortlisted for his latest All That Man Is (McClelland & Stewart)‚ a short-story collection following men in various European cities and stages of life‚ grappling with themes ranging from masculinity to relationships to death.

Vancouver-born Thien is recognized for Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Knopf Canada)‚ her third novel‚ which also saw her named to this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. The story documents the histories of two Chinese families during and after the tumult of Mao’s Cultural Revolution‚ including the Tiananmen Square protests.

The two join U.K. author (and 2012 Booker shortlister) Deborah Levy‚ nominated for Hot Milk‚ and fellow Brit Graeme Macrae Burnet‚ shortlisted for His Bloody Project‚ along with U.S. authors Paul Beatty and Ottessa Moshhfegh for The Sellout and Eileen‚ respectively. The finalists were culled from a 13-author longlist released in July.

The winner of the £50,000 prize will be revealed Oct. 25.