Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie on Booker Prize Shortlist

By Alex Marshall
Arden Wray for The New York Times
LONDON — The literary heavyweights Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Elif Shafak all feature on the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious literary awards. Atwood, who won the Booker Prize in 2000, is shortlisted this year for “The Testaments,” the highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is to be released in the United States and Britain this week. “It’s a savage and beautiful novel that speaks to us today with unusual conviction and power,” Peter Florence, the chairman of the judging panel, said at a news conference in London last Tuesday announcing the shortlist. [More]