Jim Crace, Colm Toibin among Booker contenders

The Associated Press, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 4:27am (PDT)

LONDON (AP) — Jim Crace, Tash Aw and Colm Toibin are among 13 authors in the running for the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction.

"Harvest" by Britain's Crace, "Five Star Billionaire" by Malaysia's Aw and Irish writer Toibin's "The Testament of Mary" are among nominees announced Tuesday from Britain, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Malaysia and Ireland.

Americans are ineligible, but several of the books are by U.S.-based writers, including "The Lowland" by Jhumpa Lahiri — born in Britain to Indian parents — and "TransAtlantic" by Ireland-born Colum McCann.

Judging panel chair Robert Macfarlane said the list was the most diverse in prize history, "wonderfully various in terms of geography, form, length and subject."

A shortlist will be announced Sept. 10 and the winner of the 50,000 pound ($75,000 prize) on Oct. 15.

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