AM Homes Wins Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013
A.M. Homes’s book May We Be Forgiven was announced the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) on the 6th of June in London.
It came as a surprise since Hilary Mantel’s book Bring Up The Bodies was seen as a sure winner.
I for one had my money down on Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, which I feel is her best book yet and that is saying something since I’m a huge Kate Atkinson fan.
The prize lost its funding from the telecommunications company Orange and this year some prominent women authors stepped in to foot the bill.
It was announced recently that the makers of the alcohol Baileys Irish Cream will take over the funding of the prize from next year and it will be called the Baileys Prize.
Teju Cole Wins Big Prize in Germany
Open City, Nigerian Teju Cole’s debut novel has won the German International Literature Prize for books in translation.
Open City is about a Nigerian intellectual in New York City post 9/11.
It has received rave reviews in the American press comparing Cole to James Joyce.
The prize is 25,000 Euros for the author of the book and 10,000 Euros for the translator.
The prize is sponsored by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Boy Saved by Schindler’s List Writes a Children’s Book
Leon Leyson was ten years old when the Germans invaded Poland.
His family were relocated to the Krakow Ghetto.
Most of his family (himself, his parents and two of his four siblings) were saved by Oskar Schindler.
Oskar Schindler was brought to light by the Steven Spielberg movie Schindler’s List.
Leyson never spoke about what happened to him until after the movie came out.
Sadly, he died this year in January though the book will be coming out in August.
In the UK the book is being published by Simon and Schuster.
Their children’s book publisher, Ingrid Selberg, had this to say about the book titled The Boy on the Wooden Horse, “We are honoured to be publishing this very important book which chronicles one of history’s most significant and devastating events through the eyes of a child who was actually there.
This is a book every child of nine and up should read alongside Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.”
New Apps in the Pipeline to Help Find the Book You Want
200,000 books are published each year making it difficult for books to find the readers that might love them.
Recently an innovative event was held in New York City called Hackathon.
The purpose was to bring a group of young innovative people together to try and solve a particular problem, in this case, how to help readers find the books they want online.
There were computer engineers, graphic designers, marketing people and others.
The first session lasted for 36 hours over a weekend. There people discussed ideas and formed teams.
They were given two weeks to develop the idea and then they presented to a panel of judges.
One of the ideas was targeted at readers of romance novels.
It is an app called Ignite where readers can log onto the site and choose how “hot” they want their novel to be then a list of books will appear.
Another computer app called Captiv, uses a readers Twitter and Facebook comments to analyse the types of books they might like and prepares a list of recommendations for them.
Another app called Evoke, allows the reader to choose from various characteristics that they like to see in their main characters and then gives them recommendations of books they might like.
These sorts of online book applications will change the way we find books in the future.
Was Rudyard Kipling a Plagiarist?
A new letter has emerged in which Ruyard Kipling is writing to a friend about his children’s book The Jungle Book and he says that it is very likely he borrowed ideas from other sources.
The letter is to be auctioned by Adam Andrusier, director of Adam Andrusier Autographs.
In the letter Kipling says about The Jungle Book, “In fact, it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen.”
In The Guardian, Andrusier said, “Personally, I rather like his candidness about the possibility of his plagiarism in The Jungle Book; I think people tend to have a misapprehension about writing needing to be unswervingly original, when so much literature is either consciously or unconsciously borrowed.”