The Booker Prize has a new sponsor: charitable foundation Crankstart, created by venture capitalist Sir Michael Mortitz and his wife Hariett Heyman. They have agreed to sponsor the prestigious awards for five years, beginning in 2020. Crankstart takes over from the former sponsor, hedge fund Man Group, which has contributed £25 million to the prize since its sponsorship began in 2002, including £1.6 million for the 2019 prize.
The Booker Prize Foundation has unveiled a new logo, and officially changed the names of their awards from the Man Booker Prize to the Booker Prize, and the Man Booker International Prize to the International Booker Prize. The former is given to the best original work of fiction in the English language published in the UK and Ireland, and the latter to the best book of fiction translated into English and published in the UK and Ireland (with the prize money split between the author and translator). The longlists will be announced on July 24, 2019, with shortlists released on September 3, 2019, and the winner presented at London’s Guildhall on October 14, 2019. For more: <thebookerprizes.com>.
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