George Saunders wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize

On Tuesday, Oct.18, 2017, George Saunders, an American writer, was given the Man Booker Prize at a conference in London. The Man Booker Prize is a British literary award given to an original novel written in English that is sold around the U.K.

Saunders received the award for his novel ”Lincoln in the Bardo,” which is a ghost story related to a visit made by President Abraham Lincoln to the graveyard of his son,Willie Lincoln, who died at age 11 in 1862.

Along with the prize, Saunders received $66,000. Saunders' novel was already a bestseller in the U.S. before winning the prize, and the U.K. is going to help increase the publishing of his book around the world.

Saunders became the second American writer to receive the award. Paul Beatty was the first American to receive the prize for “The Sellout” last year. This year, almost half of the finalist were American citizens.

Baroness Lola Young , the chair of the Man Booker Prize, said at the conference, "The form and the style of this utterly original novel reveals a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative."