MARGARET ATWOOD AND BERNARDINE EVARISTO JOINTLY WIN BOOKER PRIZE

Atwood is the oldest-ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to take the trophy

Margaret Atwood (left), Bernardine Evaristo (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images; David Levenson/Getty Images)

MARGARET ATWOOD, BERNARDINE EVARISTO JOINTLY WIN BOOKER PRIZE
Atwood is the oldest-ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to take the trophy

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo split the Booker Prize on Monday, after the judging panel ripped up the rule book and refused to name one winner for the prestigious fiction trophy.

Chairman Peter Florence said the five judges simply couldn’t choose between Atwood’s dystopian thriller The Testaments and Evaristo’s kaleidoscope of black women’s stories, Girl, Woman, Other.

Partly inspired by the environmental protesters of Extinction Rebellion, who were demonstrating near the prize ceremony’s venue in London’s financial district, Florence said the judges refused to back down when told the rules prohibit more than one winner. READ MORE


MARGARET ATWOOD, BERNARDINE EVARISTO SPLIT BOOKER PRIZE
Chairman Peter Florence said the five judges simply couldn’t choose between the dystopian thriller ‘The Testaments’ and ‘Girl, Woman, Other,’ a kaleidoscope of black women’s stories.

Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo on Monday split the Booker Prize, after the judging panel ripped up the rulebook and refused to name one winner for the prestigious fiction trophy.

Chairman Peter Florence said the five judges simply couldn’t choose between Atwood’s dystopian thriller The Testaments and Evaristo’s kaleidoscope of black women’s stories, Girl, Woman, Other.

Partly inspired by the environmental protestors of Extinction Rebellion, who were demonstrating near the prize ceremony’s venue in London’s financial district, Florence said the judges refused to back down when told the rules prohibit more than one winner. READ MORE


Margaret Atwood poses with Bernardine Evaristo with their Booker Prize for Fiction 2019 at the Guildhall in London, Britain October 14, 2019. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

RULE-BREAKING BOOKER JUDGES HONOR ATWOOD, EVARISTO WITH RARE DOUBLE PRIZE

LONDON (Reuters) – Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” and Bernardine Evaristo’s “Girl, Woman, Other” jointly won the Booker Prize on Monday in a surprise double award in which the literary prize recognized its oldest and first black woman winners.

The authors will split the 50,000 pounds ($62,800) annual prize, the judging panel said. The award honors “the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland.”

Atwood, 79, previously won the prize in 2000 for “The Blind Assassin,” and “The Testaments,” published last month, is the sequel to the Canadian author’s best-selling 1985 novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Evaristo, the first black woman to win the prize, tells the stories of 12 characters, mainly female and black aged 19 to 93, living in Britain in “Girl, Woman, Other.”

While the prize has been jointly awarded twice previously, the rules changed in 1993 limiting the award to one author. The judges defied those rules, saying they could not agree on a winner between the two books, which were on a shortlist of six.

“Neither of us expected to win this,” Atwood said in her acceptance speech in a televised ceremony. READ MORE

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