Man Booker festival announces a ‘star-studded’ line-up for its 50th edition, which takes place from July 6 to July 8 this year in London. Featuring authors such as Hilary Mantel and Kazuo Ishiguro, the event will be a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ gathering in London with 15 past winners of the prize, who will all get together to celebrate the special 50th ceremony of the mightiest literary award. The award ceremony will also include special BBC broadcasts alongside masterclasses for publishing. The celebration will also mark a rare joint appearance of the mother-daughter duo, honorees Anita and Kiran Desai. [The Guardian and The Book Seller]
Helena Kennedy, Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, quoted by the Man Booker Website:“The Man Booker Prize has celebrated the defining novels and authors of our times and I am delighted to mark this milestone in its history with this special festival at Southbank Centre. The one-off programme will acknowledge the prize’s past, present, and future, celebrating the last 50 years of authors, looking ahead to the new voices of the literary stage and recognising the power of the art form. If the next 50 years is as fierce, playful, radical, and reflective as the last, I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
The 50th edition enfolds a vivacious itinerary including 18 panels and discussions that will feature select authors from the 50 years of the award's celebrated history. The stellar line-up will announce the distinguished winner of the coveted Golden Man Booker prize this year. The festival and the award will be broadcast on BBC Four, BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, and BBC World Book Club. The festival's itinerary also includes seven masterclasses to offer knowledge and insights about publishing world. [The Man Booker Prize Official Website]
The Book Seller quotes Ted Hodgkinson, a senior programmer for literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre: "Distilled from five decades of the finest fiction, this singular festival promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of literary brilliance. Such a rare convergence of world renowned writers spanning genres, geographies and decades of the Man Booker Prize signifies an important moment to take stock of why novels matter and how they have captured our changing world over half a century."
The 50th anniversary will also feature other Booker prize alumni Roddy Doyle, Penelope Lively, Howard Jacobson, Michael Ondaatje, DBC Pierre, and Colm Tóibín. [The Guardian]
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