Winner Announced for Man Booker International Prize 2017

By June 15, 2017Literary Awards, News

This year’s winner of the Man Booker International Prize is announced as Israeli author David Grossman for his novel A Horse Walks into a Bar, translated by Jessica Cohen and published by Jonathan Cape.

Last year was the first year that the Man Booker International recognised not only the winning author, but also the translator too. Both winner and translator will receive the prize, £25,000 cash, plus a further £1,000 for making the shortlist. The winner was announced last night at an awards dinner at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

A Horse Walks into a Bar was chosen from the 126 books originally submitted, shortlisted a couple of months ago, and announced the winner last night. The book is set in a comedy club in Tel Aviv and is about a stand up comic in crisis, and an onstage meltdown as he shares his own personal hell in the course of a single performance.

The book received rave reviews from the judging panel calling it an ‘ambitious high wire of a novel’ in which ‘every word matters’.

Translator Jessica Cohen said she was overwhelmed with the prize and pledged half her winnings to B’Tselem, an organisation that tackles human rights violations in occupied territories.

Last year’s winners were South Korean author Han Kang and translator Deborah Smith for the Vegetarian.

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BBC 100 Women 2017 Tackles Illiteracy

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What is BBC 100 Women?

BBC 100 Women is an annual, multi-format series examining the role of women in the 21st century. It began in 2013 by BBC Controller Liliane Landor and BBC editor Fiona Crack, to address the under-representation of women in the media.

A survey in 26 different languages was set out and gained responses from women all over the world. Participants of 100 women were chosen to attend a conference in which they discussed challenges they faced in their daily lives. Since the first series they have covered topics such as education, healthcare, equal pay, genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse.

Each annual series provides women with a platform to examine every day sexism they face and discuss how to improve the world. Women from all over the globe, and diverse fields of expertise, are included on the BBC 100 Women list. The list includes some celebrities, and many unknown heroic champions of women.

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National Books Awards 2017: Finalists Revealed

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The finalists for the National Book Awards 2017 have been revealed today with 20 books across four main categories, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.

The National Book Award is a prestigious prize, the prize was established in 1936 by the American Booksellers Association, and while abandoned during WWII, was re-established in 1950. The award is giving to US authors, and the award ceremony takes place in November. Read More



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