Americans aplenty as UK's Booker Prize goes global

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Updated: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:21:03 EST

LONDON (AP) — The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.

Five U.S.-based writers are on the 13-book long-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 50,000-pound ($85,000) prize will be announced Oct. 14.

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