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American Man Booker Prize 'a strong possibility'

1st July 2011

The possibility of an American version of the Man Booker Prize, or the inclusion of US authors in the Man Booker remit, is now a 'strong possibility', it has been claimed.

Currently, 'serious discussions' are taking place among executives at the Man Group and the trustees of the Man Booker Prize as to whether the US warrants its own version of the accolade, one of the most highly-regarded literary awards on the planet.

With the three major US book prizes - the National Book Awards, the Pulitzer Prizes and National Book Critics Circle award - offering relatively small prize funds compared with the likes of the Man Booker, such a move would definitely be welcome across the Atlantic.

According to Book Brunch, New Yorker Philip Roth winning the Man Booker International Prize may have paved the way for an American Man Booker Prize.

The establishment of a new award has been made all the more possible since the arrival in the UK of Emmanuel Roman, co-chief executive of GLG Partners, the New York hedge fund acquired by the Man Group last year.

A major literary enthusiast, it is Mr Roman's influence as the number two in the Man hierarchy which has led to the discussions taking place, with a decision expected soon.

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