THE JURY OF THE 2020
RBC TAYLOR PRIZE
Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than forty-five countries, is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. She was named the co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for her latest novel, The Testaments. It is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto.
Coral Ann Howells
Coral Ann Howells is a British based professor and critic who is a specialist in English-Canadian literature and culture. A graduate of the University of Queensland, Australia, and with a PhD from the University of London, she taught for many years at the University of Reading and was Visiting Exchange Professor at the University of Guelph. Since then she has published extensively on contemporary Canadian women's fiction, and has held Visiting Professorships in Europe and India. Now a Professor Emerita, she is also a Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London. Proudly she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She is co-editor of the final volume of The Oxford History of the Novel in English and co-editor with Eva-Marie Kroller of The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. She lives in London, England.
Peter Theroux, an American writer and translator with family origins in Yamaska, Québec, has translated numerous works of fiction by Egyptian, Iraqi, Israeli, and Lebanese authors, including the first Saudi Arabian and Nubian novels translated into English (Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif and Dongola by Idris Ali), as well as Children of the Alley, the most controversial work by Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz. He has also written articles and published books, Sandstorms and Translating LA, about his extensive travels in the Middle East and California.