Frontlist | Indian-origin author Avni Doshi’s awaited 2020 Booker PrizeFrontlist | Indian-origin author Avni Doshi’s awaited 2020 Booker Prize
on Nov 20, 2020
The Booker Prize ceremony this year will be very different due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The organisers say that the innovative and globally accessible 2020 winner ceremony without walls will be broadcast from London's Roundhouse.
“Memory as a theme appears throughout Burnt Sugar, but I brought in Alzheimer’s Disease more recently, after my grandmother was diagnosed with the illness and I began to read everything I could find to learn about her condition,” she said. Her book centres on a very charged mother-daughter bond, which the author says reflects that mother-daughter relationships can be fraught and full of conflict, but “somehow the conversation still elicits discomfort”. The Booker Prize ceremony this year will be very different due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. The organisers say that the innovative and globally accessible 2020 winner ceremony without walls will be broadcast from London’s Roundhouse. All six shortlisted authors will join the ceremony via a special screen in the Roundhouse and the event will also include both virtual and in-person special guests. Former US President Barack Obama will talk about what reading Booker Prize novels has meant to him and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will share her thoughts on the importance of reading during the pandemic, also via videolink. Award-winners such as Kazuo Ishiguro will be talking about the experience of having won both the Booker Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature, and Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo will share what they’ve been up to since they became the first-ever joint Booker Prize winners last year for The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other respectively. The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969 and is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland. The rules of the prize were changed at the end of 2013 to embrace the English language “in all its vigour, its vitality, its versatility and its glory”, opening it up to writers beyond the UK and Commonwealth, providing they were writing novels in English that are published in the UK. The 2020 Booker Prize panel is chaired by Margaret Busby, editor, literary critic and former publisher, and consists of author Lee Child; author and critic Sameer Rahim; writer and broadcaster Lemn Sissay; and classicist and translator Emily Wilson.
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