Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has been shortlisted for a new literature prize created after the Swedish Academy decided not to award a Nobel Prize in literature this year amid a sexual harassment scandal.
Swedish journalists and writers created the prize as a single-year stopgap.
The group asked readers from around the world to vote online for their favorite writer from a list of 47 works selected by librarians.
Murakami is one of the final 4. The others are Maryse Conde from Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean, Vietnamese-born Canadian Kim Thuy and Briton Neil Gaiman.
The victor will be announced on October 12th, after the Nobel Prize winners have been named.
The award ceremony will be on December 9th, the day before the Nobel Prize ceremony.
One of the creators of the new prize explained that the public was invited to participate in order to shake up the academy's secretive selection process.