The Man Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.
Each year it's awarded to the writer of an original novel written in the English language. For more than four decades, only writers from Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth were eligible for the prize. Until now.
This year, four Americans have made it on to the Man Booker longlist, including two writers with a California connection. For more we're joined by David Kipen, he's the founder of Libros Schmibros Lending Library and Bookshop in Boyle Heights.