Lahiri, Toibin among Booker Prize finalists

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First Posted: 9/10/2013

(AP) Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri and Irish novelist Colm Toibin are among six finalists for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.

British-born Lahiri’s “The Lowland” and Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary” are on the shortlist announced Tuesday for the 50,000-pound ($78,000) prize.

The other finalists are “We Need New Names” by Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo; “The Luminaries” by New Zealand-based Eleanor Catton; “Harvest” by Britain’s Jim Crace; and “A Tale for the Time Being” by Canada’s Ruth Ozeki.

Crace and Toibin are both previous Booker finalists.

Lahiri, a member of President Barack Obama’s President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and Connecticut-born Ozeki provide an unusually strong American accent to the prize, which is only open to writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth.

The winner will be announced Oct. 15.

Associated Press

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