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Booker Prize winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie are contenders again for the coveted fiction trophy. Rushdie, who won in 1981 for 'Midnight’s Children,' makes the 13-book longlist for his latest novel, 'Quichotte.' Atwood won in 2000 for 'The Blind Assassin' and is nominated for 'The Testaments,' a follow-up to 'The Handmaid’s Tale.'

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Canadian Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood is a contender again for the coveted fiction trophy.

Atwood won in 2000 for The Blind Assassin and is nominated for The Testaments, a follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale.

British novelist Salman Rushdie, who won in 1981 for Midnight’s Children, makes the 13-book longlist for his latest novel, Quichotte.

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The eight women and five men on the list announced Wednesday include Britain’s Max Porter for Lanny; Nigerian-British writer Oyinkan Braithwaite for My Sister, the Serial Killer; British-Turkish author Elif Shafak for 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World; and Lucy Ellmann, the only American finalist, for Ducks, Newburyport.

Founded in 1969, the 50,000-pound (C$88,000) prize is open to English-language authors from around the world.

Six finalists will be announced Sept. 3, with the winner revealed Oct. 14.

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