en European Union Prize for Literature News from the European Union Prize for Literature Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:23:07 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2 (http://framework.zend.com) http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/ Event with 3 former EUPL winners from Luxembourg Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:23:07 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170602/eupl-event-luxembourg http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170602/eupl-event-luxembourg On Tuesday, 13 June 2017, Librairie Ernster is organising a literary evening with the 3 former EUPL winners from Luxembourg, Gast Groeber, Tullio Forgiarini and Jean Back as well as Teresa Ruiz Rosas, the translator of Roger Manderscheid. Jermone Jaminet will be moderating the event. 

2017 EU Prize for Literature Awards Ceremony Wed, 24 May 2017 09:53:55 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170524/2017-eu-prize-for-literature-awards-ceremony http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170524/2017-eu-prize-for-literature-awards-ceremony Yesterday the twelve EUPL winning authors 2017 presented a passage from their book, before being given their award by Mr Tibor NAVRACSICS, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and Mr Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS, Vice-President of the European Parliament, in presence of other leading figures from the world of literature, culture and politics.

This year's winners originate from Albania, Bulgaria, The Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey, The United Kingdom. 

Read the full press release here

"Booksellers are the most passionate and informed readers" Tue, 02 May 2017 15:11:07 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170503/benedict-wells-interview-2017 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170503/benedict-wells-interview-2017 The writer Benedict Wells rarely gives interviews – but wouldn’t it be a shame to let a great conversation about Europe, populism and independent booksellers go unpublished? That was what Wells thought too.

By Stefan Hauck

You’ve held Swiss citizenship alongside your German passport for a while now – do you speak Swiss German?

(Turns to Diogenes Managing Director Ruth Geiger and says in Swiss German: ‘We often speak Swiss German together, don’t we?’)

My mother’s from Luzern and I’ve only ever spoken Swiss German with her since I was a child. I have to admit though that I’ve developed a pretty odd dialect over the years. A lot of Swiss people frown when they first hear me speaking and wonder what strange canton I must be from.

Swiss has very different word structures to German – has that inspired you for your novels?
No, not really – although I did think of the phrase ‘es tötelet’ a few times. It’s impossible to translate adequately; it means something like ‘there’s death on the air’. The word was very much on my mind and in a way it’s reflected in the very first sentence of The End of Loneliness: ‘I’ve known death a long time, but now death knows me too.’

You seem to like being an observer and writing in other places than your home. How was it with your current book The End of Loneliness?
It was ultimately a small tour of Europe – the book came about in Berlin, Montpellier, Barcelona and Zurich. But that was mainly because I spent seven years writing it, in the end. And because I lived in Spain for a long time and deliberately went to France for a few months for the story.

What does your recent winning of the European Union Prize for Literature mean for you in that context?
I couldn’t believe it, to begin with. It’s a very important award for me personally, also because I’m a fan of the European idea – especially in times of Brexit and various independence movements. I’m shocked, to be honest, how strongly populism and nationalism are raising their heads again and that a clearly right-wing partly like the AfD is becoming so popular. And another thing that troubles me is that an achievement like the European community is being called into question so recklessly. You only have to ask yourself what we had before and whether we really want that back.

The award is also linked to the literary translation programme at Creative Europe...

The prize has supported a lot of European translations or made them possible in the first place; that’s a great gift. Unlike literature, every other art form is universally accessible from the very beginning. A painting, a song, a sculpture, a subtitled film – everyone can understand them, all over the world. Books have limits, though, and they need translation. Over twenty licences have now been sold for The End of Loneliness. It’s crazy! So the novel will soon be out in French, English, Spanish, and in Hebrew, Russian, Chinese and various other languages. I’m really looking forward to my foreign friends being able to read my work.

350 booksellers voted for The End of Loneliness as their favourite book of the year for Independent Bookshop Week. What does that mean to you?
A whole lot – because booksellers are professionals, so to speak, and some of the most passionate and informed readers there are. And it wasn’t a small judging panel but so many people – it was really an incredible honour. I’ve got the other four novels from the shortlist on my shelves, by the way, and I’ve read two of them so far. I was really impressed by J. L. Carr’s A Month in the Country – I even gave Ruth a copy recently. And I can recommend Silvie Schenk’s Schnell, Dein Leben to anyone, it’s a wonderful book.

When I talk to booksellers I can always tell they like you. Why is that?
I don’t know but I’m glad to hear it, of course, especially because I really like bookshops myself. It’s a special relationship for me, at any rate, one that’s grown over the years, and I have to say straight out: The End of Loneliness would never have sold so well without booksellers’ support. I rarely give interviews, I don’t go on TV shows; what I want to do is put the novels in the forefront. So that’s why it was all the more unexpected and great for me, of course, that The End of Loneliness found so many readers without all the media hype. It was especially the booksellers who made that happen, and I’m deeply grateful.

There are still no e-books of your novels. Why not?

I made that decision ten years ago. At the time I feared e-books would take over the market and I didn’t want to play a part in that myself. I love print books, books you can pick up and flick through, give as gifts with an inscription or scribble all over. Sometimes you take a book along on a trip or connect it with a very personal memory and a story. But an e-book is only ever a data file. Okay, that’s a bit heavy on the pathos, but on top of that e-books are theoretically the natural enemies of bookshops. Because people tend not to buy them there, only on the net. So in the future too, at least my hardcovers will only ever be available as print versions, to continue making that statement for the bookstores. It’s a little bit stubborn and anachronistic and maybe also expensive and stupid, but that’s up to me.

When you look back at the over 250 readings you’ve held so far, is the atmosphere in a small bookshop different to a big store?
To be honest I’m not quite sure, because I always try to set up a kind of ‘living-room situation’ for my readings. I don’t want to build up a distance to the listeners or hold lectures. I’ve often thought about how to do that best; for example, on my reading tour for the book Spinner I always got someone from the audience to read a passage aloud. With my current novel, on the other hand, I usually read three fairly long passages and have Q&As with the audience in between. We often get into an interesting dialogue, and it makes every reading automatically different. Another thing I love is appearing with a musician friend, who covers songs that fit the story in between the readings, and performs his own material. We’re definitely going to expand on the combination of reading and music for the next novel.

Do you have a favourite bookshop?
I make great new discoveries on every reading tour, but my favourite is my childhood bookshop, of course, Lehmkuhl in Munich. But it’s always wonderful to come back to bookshops after a long time as well, places where I’ve read often. Run by people like Solway Herschel in Berlin, Helmut Zechner in Klagenfurt or Hans Grünthaler in Schwabmünchen. Recently, I was at Reuffel in Koblenz, where I read from my debut novel Becks letzter Sommer – nine years ago! Moments like that always feel a bit like coming home.

Belgium Bookshop Event: Christophe van Gerrewey, author of 'Op de hoogte' Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:36:14 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170502/belgium-bookshop-event-2017 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170502/belgium-bookshop-event-2017 NB: Unfortunately, this event has had to be rescheduled. We will post new time and place on here as soon as possible.

The next bookshop event is just around the corner! On 4 May, the Belgian winner of the 2016 European Union Prize for Literature, Christophe van Gerreway, will visit Theoria Bookshop in Kortrijk to discuss his award-winning novel, 'Op de hoogte' ('Up to date').

The event takes place at 7 o'clock in Boekenhuis Theoria, Casinoplein 10, 8500 Kortrijk. Admission is free, but registration is required - send an e-mail to Lola at lola@theoria.be if you would like to join us (the interview will be followed by drinks and chats, so don't miss out!).

Passa Porta's May Writer of Residence: Jasmin B. Frelih Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:05:17 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170428/writer-in-residence-jasmin-frelih http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170428/writer-in-residence-jasmin-frelih In May 2017, Slovenian author Jasmin B. Frelih will be moving into Passa Porta's writer's flat, and you get the chance to meet him twice!

In 2016, Frelih was awarded the European Prize for Literature for his first work, Na/pol (In/Half), and has since published Ideoluzij, a collection of futuristic short stories. Read more about the author on Passa Porta's website here.

Announcement of winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Literature Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:31:07 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170421/eupl-2017-en http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170421/eupl-2017-en We are pleased to announce the twelve winners of the 2017 European Union Prize for Literature:

Rudi Erebara (Albania), Ina Vultchanova (Bulgaria), Bianca Bellová (the Czech Republic), Kallia Papadaki (Greece), Halldóra K. Thoroddsen (Iceland), Osvalds Zebris (Latvia), Walid Nabhan (Malta), Aleksandar Bečanović (Montenegro), Jamal Ouariachi (the Netherlands), Darko Tuševljaković (Serbia), Sine Ergün (Turkey) and Sunjeev Sahota (the United Kingdom).

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is an award which recognises outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe, and highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature, while drawing attention to the continent’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage.

The EUPL is organised by a Consortium comprising the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the European Writers' Council (EWC) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), with the support of the European Commission. It is accessible to all the countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors for 2014-2020.

Every year, expert national juries are set up in one third of the participating countries and appointed to nominate the winning authors according to specific criteria and following a selection procedure. Once selected, each of the twelve winning authors not only receives a cash prize of € 5 000, but more importantly, benefits from increased international visibility and cross-border promotion, starting at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels and continuing at Europe’s major book fairs.

“The EUPL highlights the invincible nature of literary creativity. Each winner gives us, readers, insights and worlds to explore. Their works impel our imagination to grow and our minds to evolve. Europe needs these new talents. They offer a feast of languages, people, and stories, from words to worlds, through translations. The EWC is very proud to be part of the celebration of these new European writers”, reveals Malin Koch, President of the European Writers’ Council.

FEP President Henrique Mota states: “For 9 years, FEP and our partners EIBF and EWC, have been working hard to organize and promote European emerging talents in literature. I am very proud that this year again, we have been able to select 12 outstanding writers across our continent. I hope their books will meet many new audiences in Europe and beyond, and that thanks to European literature, we bring citizens closer to each other through better understanding.”

Jean-Luc Treutenaere, Co-President of EIBF, adds: “I am very happy, once again, to see that 12 emerging talents will be celebrated at the EUPL Ceremony. Many congratulations to them! Of course as a bookseller, I am looking forward to seeing their books in bookshops all over Europe, in original version and in translation. The EUPL has been increasingly successful over the years, thanks to the commitment of our three associations and the support of the European Commission. We must build upon this fantastic adventure.”

Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, high-level representatives of the European Parliament and of the Maltese Council Presidency of the EU will present the twelve winning authors with their awards during a public ceremony on 23 May at Concert Noble, in Brussels.


EUPL Communication Agency | eu.Ness: Muriel Danis (+32 486 90 69 92)


The European Union Prize for Literature is funded by the Creative Europe programme, which is designed to foster intercultural dialogue in Europe and to strengthen the competitiveness of its cultural and creative sectors as well as encourage them to operate across borders. The programme not only provides support to over 250 000 artists, cultural professionals and their works in gaining visibility transnationally, but also contributes to hundreds of European cultural cooperation projects, platforms and networks. Creative Europe has a total budget of €1.46 billion over its 7-year funding period (2014-2020), which also includes a special support scheme for literary translation, aimed at publishing houses wishing to translate works of fiction in all its forms from one European language into another.

The Creative Europe programme, in its first three years (2014-2016), has helped finance the translations of about 1 400 books, from and into more than 30 European languages, including the works of as many as 58 previous EUPL winners, some of which are being translated for the first time.

Generating an annual turnover of € 22-24 billion in the EU and European Economic Area alone, the European book sector is an important contributor to the EU’s economy. In 2015, a total of approximately 575 000 new titles were published by European publishers – and the entire book value chain, including authors, booksellers, publishers, printers, designers and others, is estimated to employ more than half a million people. With 9 million available titles in the 24 official languages of the EU and numerous other minority languages, the multi-faceted European book sector significantly adds to Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity.

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Photos of the Slovenian event at the Leipzig Book Fair Mon, 03 Apr 2017 08:56:18 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170403/photos-leipzig-book-fair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170403/photos-leipzig-book-fair The photo album on our Facebook page has been updated with photos from the Slovenian reception that was held on March 24th at the Leipzig Book Fair.

Selja Ahava (Finland), Gast Groeber (Luxembourg), Claudiu M. Florian (Romania) and Jasmin B. Frelih (Slovenia), EUPL winners from 2016, were incredibly happy to see each other again and catch up!

Photos of Selja Ahava's reading session at the Leipzig Book Fair now online! Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:06:32 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170331/photos-selja-ahava-leipzig http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170331/photos-selja-ahava-leipzig Selja Ahava, EUPL winner in 2016, attended the Leipzig Book Fair (Leipziger Buchmesse) where she engaged her public during three reading events. Photos of the first reading are available on our Facebook page.

Video of Tanja Stupar-Trifunović at Sarajevo event (Bosnia and Herzegovina) now available! Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:02:12 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170322/interview-tanja-stupar-trifunovic-bosnia-event-2017 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170322/interview-tanja-stupar-trifunovic-bosnia-event-2017 During February's EUPL event in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2016 winner Tanja Stupar-Trifunović shared her insight on the "primary and complex" relationship between a mother and a daughter that is central to her novel Satovi u majčinoj sobi (Clocks in my mother’s room).

She explained how "some themes become so important that we cannot escape them", and that it is inevitable for her to draw on her personal experience with her own mother and daughter. It is up to the author to "transform the intimate into the universal", threading carefully "on the fine line between personal and general".

You can watch the video here.

Three events with EUPL authors at the Leipzig Book Fair, 23-24 March Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:25:41 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170321/eupl-event-leipziger-buchmesse http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170321/eupl-event-leipziger-buchmesse Three events involving EUPL winners from last year will be held later this week at the Leipziger Buchmesse, the Leipzig Book Fair.

At 3 pm on Thursday 23, and at 4 pm on Friday 24, a reading session with Finnish author Selja Ahava at the Nordic forum hall. She will read during a third session later on the same evening, on the occasion of the Nordic Reading Night.
Find all the information here.

At 3 pm on Friday 24, a reception with Selja Ahava (Finland), Jasmin B. Frelih (Slovenia), Gast Groeber (Luxembourg), Claudiu M. Florian (Romania) and other authors at the Slovenian Collective Stand.
Find all the information here.

At 7.30 pm on Friday 24, a reading session with German author Benedict Wells followed by a discussion on his book "Vom Ende der Einsamkeit".
Find all the information here.

See you there!

Photos from Brussels Book Fair event now available Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:24:55 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170315/brussels-book-fair-event-photos http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170315/brussels-book-fair-event-photos The photos from the EUPL event held on March 13th, 2017 at the Brussels Book Fair are now available on our Facebook page!

Click here to view the album.

EUPL at the Brussels Book Fair on Mon 13 March - Panel "L’Europe littéraire, utopie ou réalité?" Thu, 09 Mar 2017 10:07:48 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170308/eupl-at-brussels-book-fair http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170308/eupl-at-brussels-book-fair
On the occasion of the Brussels Book Fair, 9-13 March 2017, the European Commission awaits you at its stand, located at Tour & Taxis, Hall 1, Stand 113. There, the European institutions will engage the general public by promoting Europe, explaining the role of the Council of the European Union and discussing the diversity of the European culture and the circulation of literary works through the European Union Prize for Literature. Several debates and conferences are scheduled to take place throughout the five days of the Fair, so join us on the "Place de l'Europe", directly opposite of the EU stand.

At 3:30 pm on Monday 13th, we will focus on "L’Europe littéraire, utopie ou réalité? La traduction d’auteurs EUPL, de nouvelles voix lues en Europe" (Literary Europe, utopia or reality? Translating EUPL authors, new voices in Europe). The panel will feature Barbara Gessler, Head of Unit for the Creative Europe programme, from the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, Gast Groeber, Luxembourgish EUPL winner in 2016, Jacques De Decker, President of the EUPL Belgian jury in 2013 and Perpetual Secretary of the Royal Academy of French Language and Literature of Belgium, as well as Françoise Wuilmart, literary translator and Director of the European Centre for Literary Translation, and will be moderated by FEP Director Anne Bergman.

Access this event on the Brussels Book Fair page, on the European Commission's website or see the full program of the Commission's activities at the Fair.

Creative Europe's Literary Translation scheme co-finances more than 120 new translations in 15 European languages Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:13:19 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170307/literary-translation-scheme-funds-50-new-translations-15-languages http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170307/literary-translation-scheme-funds-50-new-translations-15-languages The "Literary translation" scheme is part of Creative Europe's efforts to promote the transnational circulation of literature and its diversity in Europe and beyond and to expand the readership of quality translated books.

The scheme offers grants to eligible publishers for the co-financing of the translation, publication and promotion of a "package" of minimum 3 and maximum 10 works of fiction. The translation and promotion of books from lesser used languages into English, French, German or Spanish is encouraged, as it increases the visibility of the books in Europe and beyond. The translation of books whose authors have won the EUPL is also encouraged. Financial contributions from the EU cannot exceed 50% of the total eligible costs of the project.

Out of the numerous submissions by various publishers throughout the whole European continent, 38 projects were selected, for a total of 407 translations in 15 target European languages, as well as in Turkish and Georgian. Out of these, 123 involve works by 58 former EUPL winners, some of which are being translated for the first time.

EUPL shortlists for 2017 will be announced on March 22 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:06:50 +0000 http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170301/eupl-shortlists-2017-announcement http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20170301/eupl-shortlists-2017-announcement This year's European Union Prize for Literature shortlists will be announced on the 22nd of March.

The twelve selected countries in 2017 are Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Over the next three weeks, we will provide you with more content on our social media, so make sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay tuned!

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! 

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!

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]

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 theevent on our Facebook page.

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

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 January 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.

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/antonis-georgiou-cyprus-event http://www.euprizeliterature.eu/news/20161214/antonis-georgiou-cyprus-event 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!

Event in Madrid with Jesús 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 Jesús 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.

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.

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.

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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 to 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.

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 Gerrewey 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.

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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.

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 have 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!