Winner of Inaugural Jhalak Prize for BAME Authors Announced

By March 18, 2017Literary Awards, News

The Jhalak Prize for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Writers (BAME) was only set up last year, to challenge the lack of diversity in literature, and the first winner is announced as Jacob Ross for his crime novel The Bone Readers.

The prize was founded last year to improve the poor representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic writers and was funded by an anonymous donor. Now the first year is complete, it’s announced that the prize will run again next year.

Upon announcement of the award, just 51 books were submitted for entry, despite it being open to all genres and even self published writers. This, organisers say just shows up the lack of diversity in literature. After a second appeal, 121 books were finally submitted and The Bone Readers is the overall winner.

The Bone Readers follows the story of Digger, a plainclothes police officer working in a rogue police force on the Caribbean island of Camaho who has a special talent of being able to read bones under LED lights. The novel is the first of a quartet following the character and has been received well.

Ross is the author of two short story collections, The Bone Readers and the 2009 acclaimed novel Pynter Bender.

Man Booker Prize Announces One-Off 50th Anniversary Award

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The Man Booker Prize is an award given each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK. The award is very prestigious and notable winners include the likes of Thomas Keneally for Schindler’s Ark, Michael Ondaatje for The English Patient, and Margaret Atwood for The Blind Assassin.

The Man Booker Prize was first established in 1969 and, to celebrate its upcoming 50th anniversary, a one-off award is set to be given to the writer of the best work of fiction from the last five decades. The candidates have been chosen by five judges, but the final say will be given to the public who can vote for the writer they deem most deserving. Read More

8 Novels That We Think Could be Award Winners in 2018

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We’re still early in the year and that means months and months of exciting new releases, and all the literary awards of 2018 are still ahead of us. With this in mind, today we thought we’d combine the two and see if we can pick out some novels coming in 2018 that we also think may be up for some of this year’s big literary awards, allowing you addicts to stay ahead of the game. Read More

National Book Awards to Open to Translated Works

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The National Book Foundation Board for the prestigious US prize has announced that the awards will establish a fifth National Book Award for translated works of fiction, and nonfiction published in the USA.

The prize will honour one work of fiction, or nonfiction that has been translated into English in the US, and begins at the 69th National Book Awards this November. Read More

Costa Book of the Year Posthumously Awarded to Helen Dunmore

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The British poet, novelist, and children’s writer, Helen Dunmore, has been posthumously awarded the 2017 Costa Book of the Year Award for her tenth and final poetry collection, called Inside the Wave. The Costa Awards recognise writers from the UK and Ireland and the overall book of the year is selected from the winners of each category of novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book. Read More

Carrie Fisher Posthumously Wins Grammy Award

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The 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony was hosted yesterday in New York and saw the likes of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, and Foo Fighters all win big that night. Though she may be more well known for acting rather than music, Carrie Fisher was awarded the Grammy for Best Spoken Word album for her audiobook recording of The Princess Diarist, which is a memoir comprised of diary entries from when she was shooting the original Star Wars films. Read More



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