(15 Oct 2019) IT’S A TIE: ATWOOD AND EVARISTO SHARE FICTION’S BOOKER PRIZE
This year’s two Mann Booker Prize winners met with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall on Tuesday (15 OCT. 2019) at a tea at Clarence House in London.
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo have split the Booker Prize, after the judging panel ripped up the rulebook Monday and refused to name a single winner for the prestigious fiction trophy.
Chairman Peter Florence said that the five judges simply couldn’t choose between Atwood’s dystopian thriller “The Testaments,” a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Evaristo’s kaleidoscope of black women’s stories, “Girl, Woman, Other.”
Evaristo is the first black woman to win the award. Atwood previously won the Booker Prize in 2000.
Atwood and Evaristo split the 50,000 pound ($63,000 USD) purse.
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