Ricks to chair Man Booker International Prize judges

Ricks to chair Man Booker International Prize judges

The judging panel for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize will be chaired by scholar and critic Sir Christopher Ricks. Writers Elif Batuman, Aminatta Forna, Yiyun Li and Tim Parks will join Ricks to judge the biennial award, worth £60,000.

Prize administrator Fiammetta Rocco said: “With a deep personal knowledge of contemporary fiction from Britain, the United States, Europe, Russia, Africa and Asia, this is an enormously experienced panel of judges. They bring scholarship, wit and a passion for reading to the task in hand.”

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded for an achievement in fiction on the world stage, with the winner chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel, without submissions from publishers.

The list of eight finalists under consideration for the prize will be announced in spring 2013, ahead of the July 2013 awards ceremony.

Ismail Kadaré, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro and Philip Roth are the previous winners.