Sutherland, who is professor of modern English literature at University College London, will join the Independent on Sunday's literary editor Katy Guest; Foyles Group head of buying Jasper Sutcliffe; and writer Matt Thorne.
Eight titles will be chosen for Fiction Uncovered, a promotion which supports writers who deserve recognition but have yet to receive a major literary prize or big media attention. This year's chosen books will be announced at the end of May and the promotion will run across the summer.
The 2011 event saw partnerships with Waterstones, Foyles, iBookstore, Amazon and The Book Depository, as well as with charity The Reading Agency and Lovereading UK. Details on 2012 partnerships are yet to be announced.
Lindsay Clarke, Robert Edric, Catherine Hall, Sarah Moss, Chris Paling, Tim Pears and Ray Robinson were the authors picked for last year's inaugural promotion.
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