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24/07/2019 9:43 AM IST | Updated 24/07/2019 9:45 AM IST

Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood On 2019 Booker Prize Longlist

Rushdie makes the 13-book longlist for his latest novel, "Quichotte". Atwood is nominated for "The Testaments", a follow-up to "The Handmaid’s Tale".

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LONDON — Booker Prize winners Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood are contenders again for the coveted fiction trophy.

Rushdie, who won in 1981 for Midnight’s Children, makes the 13-book longlist for his latest novel, Quichotte. Atwood won in 2000 for The Blind Assassin and is nominated for The Testaments, a follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale.

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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 ($67,000) prize is open to English-language authors from around the world.

Six finalists will be announced September 3, with the winner revealed October 14..