Booker Prize shortlist events at Coventry University and Southbank Centre

Booker Prize shortlist events at Coventry University and Southbank Centre

The Booker Prize will showcase its shortlisted authors with hybrid appearances at Coventry University and The Southbank Centre before the winner is announced at BBC Broadcasting House's Radio Theatre on the big night. 

This year's winner of the £50,000 prize will be revealed on 3rd November. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4’s "Front Row", BBC iPlayer, BBC News Channel and BBC World from 7.15 .pm. 

Following the announcement, the winner will be interviewed in two online events at Guardian Live and Hay Festival Winter Weekend.

The books in contention for 2021 are Anuk Arudpragasam's A Passage North (Granta Books), Damon Galgut's The Promise (Chatto & Windus), Patricia Lockwood's No One is Talking About This (Bloomsbury Circus), Nadifa Mohamed's The Fortune Men (Viking), Richard Powers' Bewilderment (Heinemann Hutchinson), and Maggie Shipstead's Great Circle (Doubleday).

The event at Coventry University is part of the UK City of Culture celebrations and will take place on 29th October at Square One Entertainment Venue from 7 p.m., with the option to watch online. Tickets are free and can be found online. The shortlisted authors will appear alongside former Booker Prize judge and author Lemn Sissay for an evening of readings and conversation about their shortlisted books, with an audience Q&A. Libraries across the UK are also invited to sign up to host and stream the event to their users via the Reading Agency.

Later that weekend, on 30th October, there will be an event at the Southbank Centre from 7.30 p.m. with in-person tickets available from £15. Those watching online will be able to watch the event on demand until 7th November with tickets costing £7.50. The event will form the finale of the London Literature Festival and include readings and conversation with authors around their shortlisted books, chaired by author Kit de Waal. There will also be a Q&A and a book signing. 

Following the announcement, this year's winner will appear at Guardian Live online on 9th November from 8 p.m. in conversation with the Guardian’s Lisa Allardice and to read an extract from their winning novel. Tickets cost £7 and are available on the website.

It will be followed by another online event as part of Hay Festival Winter Weekend, available from 15th November until 29th November. Tickets are free as part of the five "Winter Warmer" events released ahead of the festival and can be bought online