Booker Prize announcement delayed to avoid Obama clash

Booker Prize announcement delayed to avoid Obama clash

The announcement of this year's Booker Prize winner is being postponed for two days until 19th November to avoid clashing with the publication date of Barack Obama's memoirs.

This year's ceremony had been due to take place on 17th November at London's Roundhouse. However, Gaby Wood, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation, said the date had been changed because of the release of Obama's A Promised Land (Viking).

She said: “We thought it unfortunate that two of the most exciting literary events of the year—the announcement of the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize and the publication of Barack Obama’s memoirs—were due to fall on the same day, so we’ve decided to give readers a couple of days' breathing space.

“Our unprecedented ceremony without walls, devised in collaboration with the BBC, will take place across multiple platforms on 19th November instead. Details about how to watch and take part will be announced shortly.”

This year's shortlist features The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (Oneworld), This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga (Faber), Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi (Hamish Hamilton), The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste (Canongate), Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart (Picador) and Real Life by Brandon Taylor (Daunt).