The inaugural Folio Prize has announced its first line up of judges. The Folio – a prize of £40,000 – is the first major English-language prize open to writers from all over the world, and was announced in 2011 as a counterpoint to the Man Booker.
Andrew Kidd, founder of prize, said of the judges: “I cannot imagine a more dynamic group to fulfil the prize’s aim of connecting great new writing with readers”. The panel of judges, drawn from the Folio Academy, will be chaired by poet, novelist and critic Lavinia Greenlaw, and comprise of international writers Michael Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and Wonder Boys), Sarah Hall (one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists; The Carhullan Army and How to Paint a Dead Man), Nam Le (The Boat) and Pankaj Mishra (The Romantics: A Novel and From the Ruins of Empire).
The judges will select the winner from a final list of 8 titles to be announced in February 2014. The shortlist will go through a rigorous selection programme – the books are nominated by members of the Academy; academicians put forward up to 3 books (in order of preference) and then the 60 books with the most nominations will be fed in to the shortlist, with the final 20 picked from titles put forward by their publishers.
Chair Greenlaw said that the nomination procedure reflects “how closely writing is bound up with reading, and the pleasure we all take in discovering and sharing books”.
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