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Esi Edugyan and Adjoa Andoh in 2023 Booker Prize Judging Panel

Esi Edugyan and Adjoa Andoh in 2023 Booker Prize Judging Panel

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Other judges for the 2023 Booker Prize are Mary Jean Chan, James Shapiro, and Robert Webb.

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Ghanaian-Canadian novelist, Esi Edugyan, and British-Ghanaian actress, Adjoa Andoh, have been included as part of the judging panel for the 2023 Booker Prize. 

The Booker Prize awards £50,000 to the best work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. The 2022 prize was won by Sri Lankan writer, Shehan Karunatilaka, for The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida.

Other judges for the 2023 prize are Mary Jean Chan, James Shapiro, and Robert Webb.

Esi Edugyan, who sits as chair of judges this year, is the author of Washington Black, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Literary Excellence, among others – and won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She is also the author of Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home, and Out of the Sun: Essays at the Crossroads of Race, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, and Half-Blood Blues, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Booker Prize, as well as for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Governor General’s Literary Award. Half-Blood Blues won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Adjoa Andoh is one of Britain’s leading actors, who won global acclaim as Lady Danbury in the hit Netflix series, Bridgerton, a role that saw her nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 2021 NAACP Image Awards. She has also played Dr Isaacs in the psychological thriller, Fractured, as well as DI Nina Rosen in BBC1’s Silent Witness. Other film appearances include Adulthood, Brotherhood, and I Is a Long Memoried Woman.

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The longlist for the 2023 prize is scheduled to be announced in July 2023, and the shortlist will be revealed in September.

Edugyan notes that, “Year after year the Booker Prize encourages us to take sight of ourselves in the lives of others, to slip for the length of a story into different skins, to grapple with unfamiliar worlds that allow us to see our own afresh. I’m deeply excited for the chance to immerse myself in great storytelling, in its enduring ability to shock, thrill, devastate, and console. I am especially delighted to get to do so alongside this brilliant and accomplished panel of judges, whose breadth of experience, viewpoints and vocations will no doubt make for rich conversation.”

Publishers are now invited to enter their books for the prize here

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