en European Union Prize for Literature News from the European Union Prize for Literature Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:08:34 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/ Wonderful cultural evening with Tanja Stupar-Trifunović in beautiful old Sarajevo Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:37:46 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170221/sarajevo-event-report http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170221/sarajevo-event-report Our second EUPL event of 2017 was held on the 16th of February at Svjetlostkomerc, a charming bookstore located amidst the historical landmarks of Stari Grad, Sarajevo's old district.

After an opening speech by her publisher, Tanja Stupar-Trifunović depicted her novel, a heart-warming story about the relationship between a mother and a daughter through times of peace and war that perfectly captures the strong spirit and the troubled history of the country. It was only fitting that the "Mother and Child" war memorial happened to be just a few hundred meters away.

The author was accompanied by her book's cover illustrator and Faruk Šehić, EUPL winner for Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013. Together, they won the audience by answering questions, telling interesting anecdotes and sharing laughs with them for almost two hours.

The short cocktail reception that followed was the cherry on top of a wonderful evening in one of the most prominent cultural centers in the Balkans.

Visit our Facebook page for more pictures of the event! 

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Upcoming event: Tanja Stupar-Trifunović in Sarajevo on the 16th of Februrary Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:44:52 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170214/bosnia-event-2017 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170214/bosnia-event-2017 Bosnian author Tanja Stupar-Trifunović will be in Sarajevo to discuss her novel "Satovi u majčinoj sobi" (Clocks in my mother's room), the touching story of a mother and her daughter that was awarded the EUPL prize in 2016.

The event will be held at 7 pm on Thursday, February 16th, at Svjetlostkomerc Knjizara 1, Titova 54, 71000 in Sarajevo.

The promotional talk will be followed by a cocktail reception so don't miss it!

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2016 EUPL winner Jasmin B. Frelih shares his thoughts and plans for the upcoming year Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:34:07 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170203/frelih-interview-slovenia-event-2017 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170203/frelih-interview-slovenia-event-2017 At the EUPL event held in Ljubljana (Slovenia) last month, 2016 EUPL winner Jasmin B. Frelih seduced his audience with a delightful combination of literature and music.

Here are some of his thoughts on the changes that this prize brought to his life, as well as his plans for the upcoming year:

The author admits being "beyond excited" at the prospect of spending a few months in Brussels (Belgium) thanks to the Passa Porta foreign author residency programme. He adds that the time spent in the European capital will "come in handy" to put the finishing touches on his latest book, a collection of essays that he's currently publishing.

He further gives us a glimpse on his relationship with his characters and their evolution, as well as announcing a second novel that he's already started gathering material for, saying to be "really looking forward to it".

When asked about the benefits brought by EUPL, he explains that everything is still in motion, all while regretting not being in closer touch with other EUPL winners before concluding: "I hope we will have the chance to meet again".

Watch the full video here: https://vimeo.com/201837524 [11:18]

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Perfect mix of music, gastronomy and literature on Jasmin B. Frelih's event in Ljubljana Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:21:22 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170124/event-eupl-2016-slovenia http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170124/event-eupl-2016-slovenia Although the event description on the bookshop's page mentioned a "musical performance" to be part of the event organised to celebrate Jasmin B. Frelih's EUPL victory, not many expected the author to provide the soundtrack himself. This pleasant surprise provided the perfect finale for an event a culturally well-versed participant described as "one of the most inspiring and interesting book presentations or readings” he has ever attended.

Champagne and cakes awaited those who decided to take a glimpse at Slovenia's maybe most promising upcoming writer, talking to a fellow literary talent, Carmen L. Oven. During the whole event, Jasmin has been answering questions in his usual witty and inspiring way, as well as with an almost unlikely level of humility whenever his success and talent has been brought up. And when everyone thought the event cannot get any cosier, he brought a guitar and started playing a few songs for the misty-eyed audience.

You can check our pictures from the event on our Facebook page.

A short video with the author conducted before the event will be available soon.

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EUPL 2016 event in Slovenia on the 19th of January Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:14:25 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170112/event-in-slovenia-eupl-2016 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170112/event-in-slovenia-eupl-2016 The bookshop event celebrating the victory of Jasmin B. Frelih's book "Na/Pol" winning the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016 is to be held on the 19th of Janaury in the Mladinska knjiga na Trubarjevi Bookshop in the centre of Ljubljana. The format of the event will be a discussion, where Mr. Frelih will be talking to fellow author Carmen L. Oven about various literary topics.

The event is free of charge and no registration is needed.

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Antonis Georgiou's EUPL event in Cyprus provides the perfect finale for the EUPL events of 2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:29:26 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161214/cyprus-event-antonis-georgiou http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161214/cyprus-event-antonis-georgiou Last Thursday, on the 8th of December, the round of celebration of the EUPL winners of 2016 have arrived to the picturesque island of Cyprus. As a country with only a handful of internationally recognised authors, there was a strong feeling of anticipation in the air the whole week.

The event took place in the biggest bookstore of the island, the Soloneion Book Centre, owned by Akis Christou, a real "man of books" with an obsession for quality literature, and organised in close cooperation with the Creative Europe Desk of Cyprus. Authors such as Sofroni Sophronius and Louisa Papaloizou, as well as philologist and scholar Lefteris Papaleontiou have held discussion with the author; and not only just about Georgiou's authentic and wonderfully written book "An Album of Stories", but also about literature and its role in the Cypriot culture.

As the event quickly reached a full house, some extra seats had to be added to the back rows to accomodate everyone interested in the discussion. Rose petal tea was served to add to the already harmonious atmosphere. In sum, it was an event to remember for all participants, and it provided the ideal resolution to a year full of wonder and excitement for everyone involved with the European Union Prize for Literature.

You can find pictures of the event on our facebook page, while an interview made at the venue is available on vimeo.

The whole EUPL team wishes you Happy Holidays and we look forward to welcoming you on our events in 2017 too!

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Event in Madrid with Jesus Carrasco on the 25th of November Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:01:25 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161130/spanish-event-with-jesus-carrasco http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161130/spanish-event-with-jesus-carrasco On the 25th of November, the Antonio Machado bookstore has welcomed Jesus Carrasco, Spanish winner of the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature who - since his victory - is not really an up-and-coming talent anymore, but rather one of Europe's well-established young writers. The event was aptly held in the beautiful and imposing Círculo de Bellas Artes building in the center of Madrid.

Around 20 people have come to see the author talk with Elena Ramírez Pianeta, Editorial Director of the Spanish publisher of Carrasco (Seix Barral) and to ask questions from him afterwards.

Before the event, Mr. Carrasco gave a short interview on his inspirations and artistic ambitions.

You can find more pictures of the lovely event on our Facebook page.

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Cyprus event with 2016 winner Antonis Georgiou confirmed for the 8th of December Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:37:20 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161123/cyprus-event-confirmed http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161123/cyprus-event-confirmed Antonis Georgiou, Cypriot winner of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2016, will celebrate his victory in his homeland on the 8th of December, 2016. The author, who also works as a lawyer, magazine editor and playwright, will welcome literature fans of the country in the Soloneion Book Center in Nicosia.

The event will start with a keynote speech by philologist Lefteris Papaleontiou, after which discussions between the author and three other guests (two authors and the Serbian translator of Mr. Georgiou's book) will follow. Participants will than have the chance to exchange a quick word with the author and to have their copies of his book "An Album of Stories" (Ένα αλμπούμ ιστορίες) signed by him.

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Event with Spanish winner Jesús Carrasco to be held on the 25th of November Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:02:37 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161117/jesus-carrasco-event-in-madrid http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161117/jesus-carrasco-event-in-madrid Event with Spanish winner Jesús Carrasco to be held on the 25th of November

On Friday, the 25th of November, Spanish winner Jesús Carrasco will celebrate his book in the Machado bookshop in the “Círculo de Bellas Artes” in Madrid. To match the author's character, the event will be a very informal conversation between him and Elena Ramirez Pianeta, editorial director at the Book's Publisher "Seix Barral".

Given the informal nature of the event, there will surely be time for questions from the audience and for the author to sign books, so it is definitely an event not to be missed!

You can learn more about the author and read excerpts from his book here.

Click here for the Facebook event.

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The selection process for next year's candidates is underway! Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:06:00 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161116/selection-process-underway http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161116/selection-process-underway After having participated in a kick-off meeting to learn about their tasks and duties in October, members of the national juries are now in the process of compiling their countries' shortlist of talented and up-and-coming fiction writers.

This year, as usual, 12 new winners will be selected. The countries to participate in 2017 are Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. If you are curious about the composition of the juries, you can find the relevant document here.

The selection process is explained in detail under the "What is EUPL" tab.

Juries will compile shortlists of 2-4 ideal candidates for the Prize by January, and will select their winners from the list before the Annual EUPL Award Ceremony, to be held on the 23rd of May, 2017.

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EUPL-winning authors celebrated at the Frankfurt Book Fair Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:11:40 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161102/eupl-in-frankfurt http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161102/eupl-in-frankfurt With around 7,300 exhibitors and almost 300,000 visitors, the Frankfurt Book Fair is arguably the biggest trade fair for the international publishing industry. 

Since this year's Guests of Honour have been Flanders and The Netherlands, EUPL-winning authors from these territories have received special attention from the visitors. Marente de Moor has personally charmed the audience at the Flemish-Dutch stand of the Book Fair, while Christophe van Gerreway has been represented through his publisher. Exclusively for the occasion, a booklet has been printed containing biographies of all of our Dutch-speaking authors as well as excerpts from their EUPL award-winning books.

At the Slovenian stand, a very successful reception was organised involving his year's winner Jasmin B. Frelih, whose book "Na/Pol" ("In/Half") has already won more than 10 translation deals across Europe and is touted as one of the biggest emerging literary talents in Central and Eastern Europe.

Our volunteers were also at the Fair to hand out free coffee and EUPL-themed bags to visitors.

You can find more pictures on our facebook page

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EUPL event held in Estonia with Paavo Matsin "wonderfully intimate" Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:11:37 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161009/estonia-event-wonderfully-intimate http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161009/estonia-event-wonderfully-intimate Croissants and glasses of wine awaited the 30-odd literature fans who have attended the official EUPL event dedicated to celebrate Paavo Matsin's victory. The author, famous for his extravagant character and avant-garde writing, looked to be relishing the occasion and talked in his usual unforgettable style about the effect the Prize had on his career, among many other topics.

After the discussions, the audience had the chance to take pictures with Mr. Matsin, ask for his signature in the award-winning book "Gogoli disko" (of which 14 has been sold during the event), or simply to engage in a short conversation with the very jovial and approachable author. Participants have widely praised the atmosphere of the event, which one described as "wonderfully intimate".

After the event, the author answered a few questions. You can watch the video on this link.

You can find more photos of the event on our Facebook page.

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EUPL winner of Romania, Claudiu M. Florian, will celebrate his award-winning book in the loveliest new bookstore of Bucharest Thu, 08 Sep 2016 09:27:13 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160908/claudiu-florian-event-in-bucharest http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160908/claudiu-florian-event-in-bucharest Next Wednesday, on the 14th of September, this year’s Romanian European Union Prize for Literature winner Claudiu M. Florian will visit the “Cărtureşti Carousel”, a magical monument-turned-bookstore in the centre of Bucharest. The writer, whose books inspired by his childhood in Transylvania has been widely praised by readers and experts alike, will hold discussions with acclaimed literary critic and essayist Dan C. Mihailescu.

“Cărtureşti Carousel” (meaning Carousel of Light), which will serve as the venue of the event, was only opened last year in a XIXth century building, and immediately received international attention for its spacious interior filled with heavenly light as well as for its charming atmosphere. The store holds more than 10,000 books and also features an art gallery and a bistro on the top floor.

Besides the discussions, Mr. Florian will also read out excerpts from his book and answer questions, so it is really an unmissable opportunity to meet one of the great upcoming writers of contemporary Romanian literature. In case you are in Bucharest at the time, do not miss it!

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EUPL LATEST NEWS Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:06:39 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160615/euplteaser http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160615/euplteaser All the interviews of 2016 EUPL winning authors will be soon available on our website. Watch now the teaser in order to open your appetite, clic on "Awards Ceremonies" to access. 

Further videos will be accessible with each authors’ profile.

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Award ceremony of the 2016 EU Prize for Literature Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:26:19 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160602/euplinfo http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160602/euplinfo This year, the EUPL Award ceremony took place Tuesday 31st May 2016 at the Concert Noble. To read the press release, please download our 2016 Press Kit. 

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The 12 winners 2016 revealed by the European Commission Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:06:25 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160405/the-12-winners-2016-revealed-by-the-european-commission http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20160405/the-12-winners-2016-revealed-by-the-european-commission The winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature were announced today at the European Commission by Mr. Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. The award recognises the best new and emerging authors in Europe. This year’s winners are:


Tanja Stupar-Trifunović (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Christophe Van Gerrewey (Belgium); Antonis Georgiou (Cyprus); Bjørn Rasmussen (Denmark); Paavo Matsin (Estonia); Selja Ahava (Finland); Nenad Joldeski (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); Benedict Wells (Germany); Gast Groeber (Luxembourg); Claudiu M. Florian (Romania); Jasmin B. Frelih (Slovenia) and Jesús Carrasco (Spain).

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Want to know more about the winners and the annoucement? 

Download our press kit

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