New Judges, more Eligible Countries Announced

Judges for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize were announced Friday with a BBC Special Correspondent, the author of Slumdog Millionaire and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, all set to judge the best of Asian fiction from 2011.

Included in this list is Vikas Swarup.

Vikas Swarup is an Indian diplomat and writer presently serving as India’s Consul General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan. His debut novel, Q&A (2005), tells the story of how a penniless waiter in Mumbai becomes the biggest quiz show winner in history. The book has become an international bestseller and translated into over forty languages. The novel has adapted for the screen as Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, which picked up eight Academy Awards including for Best Picture in 2009. His second novel Six Suspects (2008), also set in India, has been optioned for a film.

This year the Man Asian Literary Prize has increased the number of countries from which writers are eligible to enter. The new countries are Iran, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, taking the total number of eligible Asian countries to 35.

Professor David Parker, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Man Asian Literary Prize:

“Our shift to published novels has given a huge boost to our aim of bringing global attention to the literature produced across the Asian region. In 2010 for the first time readers and reviewers took the opportunity to read and compare the Man Asian Literary Prize long and shortlisted books long before the winner was announced.”