2021 Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

September 15, 2021 | Book Buzz

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The Booker Prize shortlist, announced on September 14, celebrates unique stories from around the world. There are three American writers who have been nominated. Nadifa Mohamed, a Somali/British writer, is the only British finalist. Until 2014, the prize was restricted to writers from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Commonwealth of Nations and Zimbabwe. It was then opened to all novels written in English and published in the UK. Although some British writers, including Zadie Smith and Ian McEwan, have opposed the change, there are no plans to revert to the original rules.

There are no Canadian authors on the shortlist this year, although Rachel Cusk and Mary Lawson were both on the longlist.


Bewilderment by Richard Powers

Fortune men

The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed

The Fortune Men has not yet been released in Canada but it is on order. You may place holds now and be notified when the book is available. 

Great circle

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

No one is talking about this

No One is Talking about This by Patricia Lockwood

A passage north

A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam

The promise

The Promise by Damon Galgut


Anuk Arudpragasam, author of A Passage North, appeared at Toronto Public Library on August 4, 2021. Watch a replay of that event.

The Booker Prize winner will be revealed on November 3, 2021.


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