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5 US authors in newly open Booker list

– The Americans have arrived in force for Britain’s Booker literary prize.

Five U.S. writers are on the 13-book list for the prestigious fiction award.

The list, announced Wednesday, includes Americans Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers, as well as Irish-American writer Joseph O’Neill.

Also on the list are Britain’s Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee, Paul Kingsnorth, David Mitchell, David Nicholls and Ali Smith, Ireland’s Niall Williams and Australia’s Richard Flanagan.

This is the first year writers of all nationalities have been eligible for the Booker, previously open only to authors from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of former British colonies.

Some British writers fear the change may lead to U.S. dominance of the award.

The winner of the $85,000 prize will be announced Oct. 14.

– Associated Press

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