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Margaret Atwood’s sequel to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on Booker Prize longlist

Margaret Atwood poses for a photo as she promotes "Alias Grace," at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept.13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young.
Margaret Atwood poses for a photo as she promotes "Alias Grace," at the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto on Wednesday, Sept.13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

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 followup to The Handmaid’s Tale.

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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.

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Founded in 1969, the 50,000-pound (C$88,000) prize is open to English-language authors from around the world.

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Six finalists will be announced Sept. 3, with the winner revealed Oct. 14.