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Writers' Workshop alumna Catton wins 2013 Booker Prize

October 24th, 2013

From Iowa Now

Eleanor Catton

Photo by Janie Airey.

Eleanor Catton, alumna of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, has been honored with the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries.

Catton was presented with the prize by the Duchess of Cornwall on Oct. 15. At 28, Catton is the youngest author to win the Booker Prize; at 832 pages, The Luminaries is the longest work to win the prize in its 45-year history.

The Man Booker Prize, launched in 1969, aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, or the Republic of Ireland.

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Read this story to learn how private support enabled Eleanor Catton to earn an MFA at the University of Iowa.