Professor Alain Mabanckou appointed a 2022 Judge for the Booker Prize and International Writer for the Royal Society of Literature 2021

The UCLA Department of European Languages would like to proudly share that our very own Professor Alain Mabanckou has been appointed a 2022 Judge for the Booker Prize.

The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades. Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland. It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.

Find out more about this announcement here.

Along with this exciting news, Professor Mabankcou was also appointed by the Royal Society of Literature as an international writer in November 2021.

The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) was founded in 1820 and the RSL is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature. They act as a voice for the value of literature, engage people in appreciating literature, and encourage and honour writers.

Congratulations Professor Alain Mabankcou!