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.