Elnathan John is a Man Booker International Prize 2019 Judge

Elnathan John has been announced as one of the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize.

The Nigerian writer-satirist, famous for this work, Born on a Tuesday, is a Miles Morland Writing Scholarship winner, and had twice been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

His works have been published in Per Contra, ZAM Magazine, Hazlitt, Evergreen Review, and Chimurenga’s The Chronic. And he is also a 2015 Civitella Ranieri fellow.

This year, he joins the judging panel for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize which includes, according to The Bookseller, “writer, translator and president of English PEN Maureen Freely; philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs FRSA; and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra.”

Historian Bettany Hughes has been revealed as the chair of judges.

The Bookseller adds that the 2019 judging panel will be looking for the best work of translated fiction, selected from entries published in the UK and Ireland between 1st May 2018 and 30th April 2019.

The 2018 prize was won by the Polish author, Olga Tokarczuk, and her translator, Jennifer Croft, for Flights, published by Fitzcarraldo Editions.

The £50,000 reward is split equally between author and translator.


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