Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize, the prize’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern‘s Issue 53. The Nigerian writer, whose debut book, the story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (2017), won the Kirkus Prize and got her picked as one of the US National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35, had previously been shortlisted for the £10,000 prize in 2016, for the title story of her collection, and in 2017, for “Who Will Greet You at Home?” She is the sixth Nigerian to win the prize.
Founded in 2000, the Caine Prize—named after the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc and Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee—honours a short story of 3,000-10,000 words published in English by an African writer.
Oman’s Jokha Alharthi and Translator Marilyn Booth Win the 2019 Man Booker International Prize
Becoming the first Arabic author to win the Man Booker International Prize — and the first Omani woman to have a novel translated into English — Jokha Alharthi has become, with translator Marilyn Booth, the winner of the 2019 honor at the program’s ceremony tonight (May 21) at London’s Roundhouse.
Altharthi’s »Celestial Bodies« (Sandstone Press, 2018) takes the £50,000 (US$63,500) purse, and she and Booth split the prize money, as is the tradition of the award. Each shortlisted author and translator has also received a further £1,000 for being shortlisted (US$1,270).
Jokha Alharthi is a native and resident of Oman and is the author of two collections of short fiction, a children’s book, and three novels in Arabic.