Although the calendar says it is mid-summer, the fall literary prize season is underway with the July 27 announcement in London of the thirteen-volume Longlist for this year’s Booker Prize, the U.K.’s most prestigious Fiction award, with its international cache and resonance.
Here are the Penguin Random House titles, which are in contention:
Penguin Random House U.S.
- A PASSAGE NORTH by Anuk Arudpragasam (Hogarth HC and Ebook; RH Audio; PRH Canada distro)
- KLARA AND THE SUN by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf; HC and Ebook; RH Audio; Knopf Canada)
- NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THIS by Patricia Lockwood (Riverhead; HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio; PRH Canada distro)
- CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota (Viking HC and Ebook; Penguin Audio; Knopf Canada)
- GREAT CIRCLE by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf HC and Ebook; RH Audio; PRH Canada distro)
- THE FORTUNE MEN by Nadifa Mohamed (Knopf HC and Ebook, to be published Summer 2022)
- Bewilderment by Richard Powers will be published by Random House Audio in September 2021)
Penguin Random House Canada
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf Canada HC and Ebook; Knopf Canada Audio)
- China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Knopf Canada HC and Ebook; Knopf Canada Audio)
- Bewilderment by Richard Powers (coming September: Random House Canada HC and Ebook; RH Canada Audio)
- A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson (Knopf Canada HC and Ebook; Knopf Canada Audio)
Penguin Random House U.K.
- The Promise by Damon Galgut, (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)
- A Town Called Solace by Mary Lawson (Chatto & Windus, Vintage)
- The Fortune Men by Nadifa Mohamed (Viking, Penguin General)
- Bewilderment by Richard Powers (Hutchinson Heinemann)
- Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Doubleday, Transworld Publishers)
- China Room by Sunjeev Sahota (Harvill Secker, Vintage)
The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to works by writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the U.K. or Ireland.
Congratulations to our authors and their publishing teams on this first step on their Booker journey.
The Booker Shortlist will be published September 14. The 2021 winner will be announced and feted at the annual Booker dinner November 3.