“Open City” by Teju Cole has won the 2012 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction.
“Written in a deceptively quiet voice, Teju Cole’s remarkable and penetrating debut novel achieves what Kafka said art should; it chops the frozen sea within us,” said novelist and PEN award judge Andre Dubus III, quoted in a press release.
The award finalists are Amy Waldman for “The Submission” and Stephanie Powell Watts for “We Are Taking Only What We Need” (BkMk Press). BkMk Press is based in Kansas City at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Two writers will receive honorable mention: Marjorie Hudson for “Accidental Birds of the Carolinas” and Chad Harbach for “The Art of Fielding.”
via ‘Open City’ wins PEN/Hemingway.
2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced:
- Teju Cole, Open City (our review, excerpt)
- Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot (How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Write The Marriage Plot, our review, excerpt [pdf])
- Alan Hollinghurst, The Strangerâ€™s Child (our review, The Millions Interview: Alan Hollinghurst Answers his Critics, excerpt)
- Edith Pearlman, Binocular Vision (excerpt)
- Dana Spiotta, Stone Arabia (our review, excerpt)
- Amanda Foreman, A World on Fire: Britainâ€™s Crucial Role in the American Civil War (excerpt)
- James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood (Ben Marcus on The Information, excerpt)
- Adam Hochschild, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 (excerpt)
- Maya Jasanoff, Libertyâ€™s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary War (excerpt)
- John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead (Staff Pick, excerpt [pdf])
2011 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalists Announced (via The Millions)
The 2012 shortlist for the International Arabic Fiction Prize has been released… which is worth $50,000 and an English translation and publication to the winning author.
The nominated books are:
The Unemployed by Nasser Iraq
Toy of Fire by Bashir Mufti
The Vagrant by Jabbour Douaihy
The Druze of Belgrade by Rabee Jaber
The Women of al-Basatin by Habib Selmi
Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge by Ezzedine Choukri Fishere
Shortlist for Arabic fiction prize released – The National.