Margaret Atwood nominated for Booker Prize for 'Handmaid's Tale' sequel
In this Oct. 14, 2018 file photo, Margaret Atwood arrives at the 16th Annual Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
LONDON -- Canadian Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is a contender again for the coveted fiction trophy.
Atwood won in 2000 for "The Blind Assassin" and is nominated for "The Testaments," a follow-up to "The Handmaid's Tale."
British novelist Salman Rushdie, who won in 1981 for "Midnight's Children," makes the 13-book longlist for his latest novel, "Quichotte."
The eight women and five men on the list announced Wednesday include Britain's Max Porter for "Lanny"; Nigerian-British writer Oyinkan Braithwaite for "My Sister, the Serial Killer"; British-Turkish author Elif Shafak for "10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World"; and Lucy Ellmann, the only American finalist, for "Ducks, Newburyport."
Founded in 1969, the 50,000-pound (C$88,000) prize is open to English-language authors from around the world.
Six finalists will be announced Sept. 3, with the winner revealed Oct. 14.