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Man Booker Prize shortlist announced, includes two American authors

Hanya Yanagihara, author of "A Little Life" (Doubleday,

Hanya Yanagihara, author of "A Little Life" (Doubleday, March 2015). Credit: Sam Levy

Six books, including two by American authors, have been shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary prize. The titles were announced Tuesday at a news conference in London.

"A Little Life" by Hanya Yanagihara and "A Spool of Blue Thread" by Anne Tyler, both from the United States, were among the titles chosen from a longlist of 13 titles made public in July.

The other shortlisted titles are "A Brief History of Seven Killings" by Marlon James of Jamaica, "Satin Island" by Tom McCarthy of the United Kingdom, "The Fishermen" by Chigozie Obioma of Nigeria and "The Year of the Runaways" by Sunjeev Sahota of the United Kingdom. This is the second year that the prize has been open to authors outside of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Commonwealth countries.

The Man Booker Prize will be awarded at a ceremony in London on Oct. 13. The winner receives more than $75,000. Past Man Booker Prize winners include Salman Rushdie, Hilary Mantel, Yann Martel, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.

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