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Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund, Mohsin Hamid, Fiona Mozley, George Saunders and Ali Smith are the six shortlisted authors for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The judges remarked that the novels, each in its own way, challenge and subtly shift our preconceptions — about the nature of love, about the experience of time, about questions of identity and even death.

The shortlist, which features three women and three men, covers a wide range of subjects, from the struggle of a family trying to retain its self-sufficiency in rural England to a love story between two refugees seeking to flee an unnamed city in the throes of civil war.

In the fourth year that the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, the shortlist is made up of two British, one British-Pakistani and three American writers.

The 2017 shortlist of six novels include 4321 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber); History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson); Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (UK-Pakistan) (Hamish Hamilton); Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals); Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing) and Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton).

Navtej Sarna, Indian ambassador to the United States, participated in two sessions at the third-annual ZEE JLF at Boulder at the Main Boulder Public Library from September 15-16. Sarna is the author of the novels The Exile and We Weren’t Lovers Like That, the short story collection Winter Evenings, and non-fiction works including Indians at Herod’s Gate, Second Thoughts, and The Book of Nanak. His translation works include Zafarnama and Savage Harvest. Sarna has served as high commissioner to the United Kingdom, ambassador to Israel, Secretary at India’s Foreign Office, and also as its longest serving spokesperson.

Sarna participated in the inaugural session Freedom to Dream, which was also the theme of the 2017 ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has backed down on its decision to censor hundreds of articles from one of its flagship journals in China. It follows the intense reaction from the global academic community for the removal of over 300 articles from the journal on subjects such as 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong and the Cultural Revolution at the request of the Chinese authorities..

The London Book Fair and Writer's Digest have joined forces to launch The Writer’s Summit, a new day-long event for writers, which will explore opportunities in publishing and help you to develop a successful writing career/ The event will be held on November 11, 2017 at Coin Street Conference Centre, London.

The Summit will bring acclaimed authors and industry experts together to provide insight into opportunities for writers. Learn important aspects in the industry including social media, marketing, rights & contracts, and much more. Speakers will include Fanny Blake, author; Dean Crawford, author; Sam Missingham, CEO & founder, Lounge Books; and Scott Pack, associate editor, Unbound.

ArundhatiThe longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the Man Booker Prize is out and it is a pleasure to see The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton) on the list.

The 2017 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, includes 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber); Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber); History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson); Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton); Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate); Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate); Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals); The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton); Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing); Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus); Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton); Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton) and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet).

This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Baroness Lola Young (Chair); literary critic, Lila Azam Zanganeh; Man Booker Prize shortlisted novelist, Sarah Hall; artist, Tom Phillips CBE RA; and travel writer, Colin Thubron CBE. The list was chosen from 144 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017.