The Booker Prize has teamed up with the Reading Agency to launch the Booker Prize Book Club Challenge, offering reading groups from all backgrounds and from all over the U.K. to apply to be one of six groups that will be invited to attend this year's Booker Prize winner ceremony in London.
Once the applications are received, the 2022 Booker Prize judges, chaired by Neil MacGregor, will help select the six groups by looking for "the most interesting, passionate and wide-ranging set of readers possible, as well as those who will shout the loudest about this year's Booker Prize shortlist on social media to help encourage even more people to pick up those books."
After the six book clubs are selected, two representatives of each club will be invited to attend the 2022 Booker Prize official shortlist announcement party in London on September 6, where they will receive a set of copies of one of the shortlisted titles. They will then be asked to read, discuss and review their assigned book in detail over the following month, sharing their views with the Booker Prize's and the Reading Agency's community of readers via social media and on the Booker Prize and the Reading Groups for Everyone websites.
The Booker Prize judges will then read and discuss all of the book clubs' reviews of--and social media activity relating to--their assigned books. Two members of the club who, in the judges' opinion, provided the most original and engaging reviews will be invited to attend the 2022 Booker Prize ceremony and dinner in London on October 17.