Toronto’s very own Margaret Atwood has made the list of nominees for the worst named award ever! The Man Booker International Prize will be awarded every two years to an author writing in English or whose works have been widely translated into English. The award was created after criticism that the annual Man Booker prize was only awarded to authors in the UK and the Commonwealth.
Torontoist wishes that the wealthy backers of the awards could’ve come up with a different less ambigious name but won’t sniff at the $120,000 prize. The list also feels like a recycled Nobel Prize for Literature shortlist with authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera and Kenzaburo Oe on the list. Can Torontoist refer to the MBI as the Nobel Lite?