Wednesday, 22 September 2010

More Shortlists, Anyone?

I swear I could just fill this blog up with shortlists for German book prizes every day.

Two more out today.

The Aspekte Literaturpreis goes to a prose debut written in German, and is worth €10,000. It's gone to all sorts of now terribly famous writers in the past.

This year the following are in the running. The winner will be announced at the book fair on 7 October.

Dorothee Elmiger: Einladung an die Waghalsigen (DuMont)
Nino Haratischwili: Juja (Verbrecher Verlag)
Mariam Kühsel-Hussaini: Gott im Reiskorn (Berlin University Press)
Olga Martynova: Sogar Papageien überleben uns (Literaturverlag Droschl)
Judith Zander: Dinge, die wir heute sagten (dtv)

And then there's the rather snazzy Best International Literary Movie, with €10,000 awarded on 8 October in Frankfurt.

The Road (Cormac McCarthy) Random House US
Das letzte Schweigen (Jan Costin Wagner) Eichborn Berlin
A Single Man (Christopher Isherwood) Harper Collins
Eat Pray Love (Elizabeth Gilbert) Harper Collins
The private lives of Pippa Lee (Rebecca Miller) Farrar Straus and Giroux
Small World (Martin Suter) Diogenes

You could pretty much go from one award ceremony to the next at Frankfurt, what with these two and the indie Hotlist and of course the big German Book Prize. Luckily, a hell of a lot of books are on several different shortlists, which makes life much easier for everyone, I'm sure.

I am going to the book fair, by the way. You may invite me to your glitzy parties via the comments section.

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