In the run-up to the winner announcement, the Booker Prizes are highlighting two shortlisted authors a week followed by a series of exclusive live interviews. The prestigious Booker Prizes announced their shortlist for 2020 on 15th September. The books shortlisted are: ‘The New Wilderness’ by Diane Cook, ‘This Mournable Body’ by Tsitsi Dangarembga, ‘Burnt Sugar’ by Avni Doshi, ‘The Shadow King’ by Maaza Mengiste, ‘Shuggie Bain’ by Douglas Stuart, ‘Real Life’ by Brandon Taylor.
Now from every week, starting from October 26th, Monday, two books will be showcased. On Mondays and Thursdays at 7.15 pm BST, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row will air a program called Booker Book Groups, where readers will get the chance to ask questions to the shortlisted author of the week. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 pm BST, The Booker Prize will Livestream on its Facebook and YouTube channels, “exclusive author conversations and readings as well as interviews with some familiar faces, who will reveal which book they are particularly enjoying.”
On Wednesday, 11th November at 7 pm BST, Guardian Live will host all six of the shortlisted authors together in a live online discussion chaired by writer and critic Alex Clark. This will be a paid event. On Friday, 13th November at 7 pm BST, Doncaster Creates, the prize’s regional partner for 2020, will hold a discussion with the six shortlisted authors and Sheffield-born poet and former Man Booker International judge, Helen Mort.
Then finally, for three nights in a row- on the 16th, 17th, and 18th of November at 7.30 pm BST, they will host Instagram Live interviews with two shortlisted authors every evening. On Thursday, 19th November the winner of the award will be announced.
You can find out more about shortlisted books here.