Jul 27, 2021
By Jeremy Logan
Canadian authors Mary Lawson and Rachel Cusk are among 13 authors in the running for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.
The two homegrown novelists were named on the long list Tuesday for the 50,000 pound (C$87,000) prize.
Lawson, who grew up in an Ontario farming community, earned her second Booker nod for her tale of life in a northern town, “A Town Called Solace.”
She last made the long list for 2006’s “The Other Side of the Bridge.”
Saskatoon-born, London-based Cusk is a contender for her cottage-set psychodrama, “A Second Place.”
Founded in 1969, the Booker Prize has a reputation for transforming writers’ careers, and was originally open to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. Eligibility was expanded in 2014 to all novels in English published in the United Kingdom.