Hilary Mantel wins The 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction with Wolf Hall

October 7, 2009 at 9:03 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Fiction, Suggestions | Leave a comment

image - book cover - hilary mantel - wolf hallHilary Mantel is tonight (Tuesday 6 October) named the winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for Wolf Hall, published by Fourth Estate.

Wolf Hall has been the bookies’ favourite since the longlist was announced in July, with William Hill taking over 90% of all Man Booker Prize bets on her book.

Wolf Hall was picked from a shortlist of heavy hitting literary authors including Sarah Waters, A.S. Byatt and J.M. Coetzee – who would have been the first person to win the prize three times. Hilary Mantel was herself a judge for the prize in 1990 when A.S. Byatt’s Possession won.

Wolf Hall is set in the 1520s and tells the story of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to prominence in the Tudor court. Hilary Mantel has been praised by critics for writing ‘a rich, absorbingly readable historical novel; she has made a significant shift in the way any of her readers interested in English history will henceforward think about Thomas Cromwell.’ (The Spectator)

This is the first time the publisher Fourth Estate has had a Man Booker Prize winner. They have previously published three shortlisted books – Nicola Barker’s Darkmans (2007) and Carol Shields’ novels Unless (2002) and The Stone Diaries (1993).

Hilary Mantel spent five years writing Wolf Hall and she is currently working on a sequel.

James Naughtie, Chair of the judges, made the announcement, which was broadcast by the BBC from the awards dinner at London’s Guildhall. Peter Clarke, Chief Executive of Man Group plc, presented Hilary Mantel with a cheque for £50,000.

James Naughtie, comments ‘Hilary Mantel has given us a thoroughly modern novel set in the 16th century. Wolf Hall has a vast narrative sweep that gleams on every page with luminous and mesmerising detail.

‘It probes the mysteries of power by examining and describing the meticulous dealings in Henry VIII’s court, revealing in thrilling prose how politics and history is made by men and women.

‘In the words of Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell, whose story this is, “the fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes.” ‘

Over and above her prize of £50,000, Hilary Mantel can expect a huge increase in sales and recognition worldwide. Each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer-bound edition of their book. This year, shortlisted authors will also receive a year’s membership to The Groucho Club in London.

The judging panel for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was: broadcaster and author James Naughtie (Chair); Lucasta Miller, biographer and critic; Michael Prodger, Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph; Professor John Mullan, academic and author and Sue Perkins, comedian and broadcaster.

Sales related to the Man Booker Prize have been exceptionally strong this year. More than double the number of copies of books have been sold between longlist and shortlist announcement, and from shortlist announcement to winner announcement, compared to last year.

Source: Press Release – Colman Getty

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National Book Awards emerge from review in simpler, streamlined state

September 4, 2009 at 9:27 am | Posted in Book Awards | Leave a comment

Fewer categories, more judges and bigger prizes are key features of plans to streamline the New Zealand Book Awards from next year.

Books will be judged in four main categories: Poetry, Fiction, Illustrated Non-fiction and General Non-fiction, with a finalist list of 16. A ‘Book of the Year‘ will be chosen from the finalists.

With fewer categories, the prize pool has been substantially increased, with the overall winner of ‘Book of the Year’ receiving $15,000. Winners of the four Category Awards will each receive $10,000, the Māori Language Award $10,000, Readers’ Choice Award $5,000, and the winners of the three NZSA Best First Book Awards, $2500.

A public review process has led to the changes for the Awards which will be known in future as the New Zealand Post Book Awards.

The Awards, formerly sponsored by Montana, are administered by Booksellers New Zealand. Stakeholders including authors, publishers, booksellers and the public were invited to make submissions which were reviewed by the Awards Advisory Committee including representatives of publishers, authors, booksellers and Creative New Zealand. Eleven submissions were received and the committee reached consensus on the new structure.

“This timely review has generated great interest and debate within the trade. There was clear agreement within the Advisory Committee that the Awards would benefit from a simpler structure,” said Booksellers Chief Executive, Lincoln Gould.

The finalists will be announced on Tuesday 22 June 2010. On that day, winners of the Māori Language Award, and of the three NZSA Best First Book Awards for Poetry, Fiction and Non-fiction, will also be announced.

“This very positive change is designed to ensure that the very best New Zealand books rise to the top, and can be well-promoted to the book-loving public,” said Gould.

The extremely popular Readers’ Choice Award is the public’s opportunity to vote for their favourite book of the 16 finalist titles selected by the judges. The winner of this award will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Auckland at the end of August 2010, along with the four Category Award winners, from which an overall winner will be pronounced Book of the Year.

“We have also made the decision to expand the judging panel from three to five; four judges and one judge/convenor. If additional Te Reo skills are required to judge the Māori Language Award, an advisor will be appointed. Equally, if the panel requires expert assistance in any given subject area, it will be sought,” said Gould.

Source: Booksellers New Zealand

New Zealand’s oldest book prize awarded today

August 11, 2009 at 11:06 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, LIANZA Awards, Library_News, New Zealand | Leave a comment

New Zealand’s oldest book prize, the Esther Glen Award, was presented at the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards ceremony in Wellington last night (Monday 10 August).

The Esther Glen Award was established in 1944 and is presented to the author whose work is considered a distinguished contribution to fiction for children. The prize was presented to Wellington writer Fleur Beale for her young adult novel Juno of Taris (Random House). The judges said Beale “excels in descriptions of life as a feisty teenage girl. Juno is a remarkable character, the reader delights in her triumphs and commiserates in her disappointments.”

Dunedin based author and illustrator Robyn Belton received the Russell Clark Award for Herbert: The Brave Sea Dog (Craig Potton Publishing). The Russell Clark Award was established in 1975 and celebrates a distinguished contribution to illustrated children’s books. The judges could imagine “librarians uming and ahing about whether to place this book in the true story, non-fiction, or picture-book sections of the library. We thought the connectivity of text and illustration resonates with readers of all ages and the superb endpapers intrigue the reader. An entirely satisfactory and uplifting ending that touches all reader’s hearts.” Belton first won the Russell Clark Award in 1985 for The Duck in the Gun, written by Joy Cowley.

For the first time the Te Kura Pounamu Award has been won by a novel. Mihiroa by Peti Nohotima with illustrations by Misty (He Kupenga Hao I te Reo) caught the judge’s attention for its skill in capturing a teenage perspective. “From texting to teenage jealousy, from budding relationships to the intensity of sporting competition, one of the most captivating features is how the language is used to develop the characters and their interactions. The delightful line drawings add to the story’s attraction too.” This award was established in 1995 and celebrates works written in te reo Māori for children and young people.

Radio New Zealand host Veronika Meduna and science historian Rebecca Priestly were the recipients of the Elsie Locke Award for Atoms, Dinosaurs and DNA (Random House). The judges noted that the book had developed out of a 2006 National Library science exhibition, and delighted in the insights it gives to the lives of the sixty eight New Zealand scientists profiled. “Did you know that entomologist George Hudson did his field work in a three piece suit? Beneath his suit he wore head to toe pink woolen underwear. As librarians we knew that this book filled a gap in our collections.”

Together the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards celebrate the unique contribution New Zealand authors and illustrators make to our cultural heritage and national identity. Award recipients are selected from a shortlist of five titles and receive a medal or taonga and $1,000 prize money.

Megan Button

Communications & Publications Coordinator

LIANZA

Montana New Zealand Book Award Winners 2009

July 29, 2009 at 9:02 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Library_News, Montana Book Awards | 1 Comment

Montana Medal Winners

Novel About My Wife Emily Perkins
Montana Medal For Fiction or Poetry

Novel About My Wife
Emily Perkins
Bloomsbury

Rita Angus Jill Trevelyan
Montana Medal for Non-fiction

Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life
Jill Trevelyan
Te Papa Press

Category Winners

Novel About My Wife Emily Perkins
Fiction Winner

Novel About My Wife
Emily Perkins
Bloomsbury

The 10pm Question Kate De Goldi
Fiction Runner-Up

The 10 PM Question
Kate De Goldi
Longacre Press

Acid Song Bernard Beckett
Fiction Runner-Up

Acid Song
Bernard Beckett
Longacre Press

The Rocky Shore Jenny Bornholdt
Poetry Winner

The Rocky Shore
Jenny Bornholdt
Victoria University Press

Buying the Land, Selling the Land Richard Boast
History Winner

Buying the Land, Selling the Land
Richard Boast
Victoria University Press

Rita Angus Jill Trevelyan
Biography Winner

Rita Angus: An Artist’s Life
Jill Trevelyan
Te Papa Press

A Continent on the Move Ian J Graham
Environment Winner

A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century
Ian J Graham (Chief Editor)
Geological Society of New Zealand

Ladies, A Plate Alexa Johnston
Lifestyle & Contemporary Culture Winner

Ladies, A Plate: Traditional Home Baking
Alexa Johnston
Penguin Group (NZ)

Making the Molecules Dance Len Castle
Illustrative Winner

Len Castle: Making the Molecules Dance
Len Castle
Lopdell House Gallery

Collected Poems, 1951-2006 CK Stead
Reference & Anthology Winner

Collected Poems, 1951-2006
CK Stead
Auckland University Press

Māori Language Award

He Pataka Kupu Maori Language Commission
Māori Language Award

He Pātaka Kupu: te kai a te rangatira
Māori Language Commission
Raupo

Readers’ Choice Award

The 10pm Question Kate De Goldi Readers’ Choice Award
The 10 PM Question
Kate De Goldi
Longacre Press

New Zealand Society of Authors
Best First Book Awards

The Rehearsal Eleanor Catton
NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction

The Rehearsal
Eleanor Catton
Victoria University Press

Everything Talks Sam Sampson
NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry

Everything Talks
Sam Sampson
Auckland University Press

Mates & Lovers Chris Brickell
NZSA E. H. McCormick Best First Book Award for Non-fiction

Mates & Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand
Chris Brickell
Godwit

2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction – longlist announcement

July 29, 2009 at 8:59 am | Posted in Book Awards, Books, Events | 1 Comment

The judges for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction today, Tuesday 28 July, announce the longlist for the prize, the leading literary award in the English speaking world.

A total of 132 books, 11 of which were called in by the judges, were considered for the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ longlist of 13 books.

The longlist includes: (Author, Title, Publisher)

Byatt, AS The Children’s Book Random House – Chatto and Windus

Coetzee, J M Summertime Random House – Harvill Secker

Foulds, Adam The Quickening Maze Random House – Jonathan Cape

Hall, Sarah How to paint a dead man Faber and Faber

Harvey, Samantha The Wilderness Random House – Jonathan Cape

Lever, James Me Cheeta HarperCollins – Fourth Estate

Mantel, Hilary Wolf Hall HarperCollins – Fourth Estate

Mawer, Simon The Glass Room Little, Brown

O’Loughlin, Ed Not Untrue & Not Unkind Penguin – Ireland

Scudamore, James Heliopolis Random House – Harvill Secker

Toibin, Colm Brooklyn Penguin – Viking

Trevor, William Love and Summer Penguin – Viking

Waters, Sarah The Little Stranger Little, Brown – Virago

The chair of judges, James Naughtie, said today:

“The five Man Booker judges have settled on thirteen novels as the longlist for this year’s prize. We believe it to be one of the strongest lists in recent memory, with two former winners, four past-shortlisted writers, three first-time novelists and a span of styles and themes that make this an outstandingly rich fictional mix.

“We considered more than 130 novels (including the work of nine former winners) and found ourselves travelling in a fertile landscape. We kept discovering new talent as well as reacquainting ourselves with familiar writers, and emerged with a feeling that we were part of an exceptional year.

“Our fiction is in the hands of original and dedicated writers with fresh and appealing voices. This is an eclectic list, taking us from the court of Henry VIII to the Hollywood jungle, with stops along the way in a nineteenth century Essex asylum, an African warzone and a futuristic Brazilian city among other places.

“These are books that readers will want to get their hands on.”

The 2009 shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 8 September at a press conference at Man Group’s London headquarters. The winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009 will be revealed on Tuesday 6 October at a dinner at London’s Guildhall and will be broadcast live on the BBC Ten O’Clock News.

Chaired by broadcaster and author James Naughtie, the 2009 judges are Lucasta Miller, biographer and critic; Michael Prodger, Literary Editor of The Sunday Telegraph; Professor John Mullan, academic, journalist and broadcaster and Sue Perkins, comedian, journalist and broadcaster.

To celebrate the longlist announcement, the 2009 Man Booker Prize will be showcased as part of the One & Other project on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. On Tuesday 11 August at 11am, a Man Booker Prize enthusiast will give readings from all 13 longlisted titles and then give away copies of the books.

For further information about the prize please visit http://www.themanbookerprize.com

De Goldi Wins Children’s Book of the Year, No Question About It

May 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Books, New Zealand, NZ Post Book Awards, Suggestions | Leave a comment

Kate De Goldi has won the country’s highest accolade in children’s and young adult writing; tonight she took the 2009 New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award for her novel, The 10pm Question.

The delightful tale of Frankie Parsons and his somewhat eccentric family and friends enchanted the judging panel, just as it captured the hearts of readers throughout the country, who have kept it on the bestseller lists for months.

New Zealand Post Book Awards judges’ convenor, Bill Nagelkerke says The 10pm Question has a rare quality.

‘De Goldi’s winning book invites you to become part of another family, to spend some quality time with its members, become engrossed in the family dynamics to the point that, when it’s time to leave, we very reluctantly shut the door on these new friends because we don’t wish to part from them, because this family has now become our family, too.

‘The judges predict, with reasonable confidence, that The 10pm Question will become an enduring classic. One could say in fact there was little to question about our choice of the 2009 New Zealand Post Book of the Year winner.’

The 10pm Question also took the Young Adult Fiction category prize at a gala ceremony held in the Auckland Museum May 20th 2009.

The judging panel which also included career-bookseller, Jenni Keestra and children’s writer and reviewer, Rosemary Tisdall, said they thoroughly relished the opportunity to read nearly everything that was published for New Zealand children and young adults in 2008.

‘We applaud the authors, illustrators and their publishers for continuing to strive for stories that stimulate, excite, take risks, inspire and, ultimately, become part of the fabric of a reader’s memory. The importance of an early engagement with books, stories and reading, cannot be underestimated.

‘We recognise stalwart veterans of the art and craft of writing and illustrating and celebrate the emergence of new voices whose words and images will ensure that writing for children an young adults in this country remains in fine shape for the foreseeable future.’

The category winners and the honour award recipient in the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults are:

  • Picture Book
    Roadworks written by Sally Sutton and illustrated by Brian Lovelock. (Walker Books).
  • Honour Award
    Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig written by Diana Neild and illustrated by Philip Webb. (Scholastic New Zealand).
  • Non-fiction
    Back & Beyond: New Zealand Painting for the Young & Curious by Gregory O’Brien (Auckland University Press).
  • Junior Fiction
    Old Drumble by Jack Lasenby. (HarperCollins Publishers).
  • Best First Book Award
    Violence 101 by Denis Wright. (Penguin Group New Zealand).
  • Young Adult Fiction and New Zealand Post Book of the Year
    The 10pm Question by Kate De Goldi. (Longacre Press).
  • Children’s Choice Award
    The Were-Nana written by Melinda Szymanik and illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson (Scholastic New Zealand).

The winner of each category was awarded with $7,500. The winner of the New Zealand Post Book of the Year Award took home an extra $7,500. The winner of the Best First Book and the Children’s Choice Award received prize money of $2,000 each.

An honour award was presented in the picture book category this year. This award is discretionary and is awarded in recognition of particular features in a book. The honour award recipient received a monetary award of $500.

New Zealand Post has been a steadfast sponsor of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults since 1997. Its partnership has seen the awards flourish, growing from strength to strength over the last decade. New Zealand Post’s support of these awards reflects their deep commitment to promoting literacy and literature throughout the country. Working closely with Booksellers New Zealand, New Zealand Post and other dedicated segments of the community actively encourage New Zealand children to read and enjoy books. For those with limited access to new works, New Zealand Post also purchases and distributes books by the New Zealand Post Book Awards finalists to support the Books in Homes programme each year.

The New Zealand Post Book Awards for children and young adults are also supported by Creative New Zealand and Book Tokens (NZ) Ltd and are administered by Booksellers New Zealand Inc.

Tots and Toddlers Storytime – May 12th – 15th

April 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Book Awards, Books, Children's, City Library, Events, Free Event, Library_News, Mosgiel, New Zealand, NZ Post Book Awards, Port Chalmers, Suggestions | Leave a comment

image - nz post book awards 2009The New Zealand Post Book Awards encourage New Zealand children to read and enjoy books.

Activities and events are planned nationwide in a celebration of our best books for writers and teens.

Come and enjoy Kyle Mewburn’s finalist picture book, Duck’s Stuck along with other wonderful stories.

  • Tuesday 12 May 11am, Mosgiel Library
  • Wednesday 13 May 10.30am, City Library & Port Chalmers Library
  • Friday 15 May 10.30am, Blueskin Bay Library

Waitati Children’s Book Club is back!

March 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Posted in Blueskin Bay, Book Awards, Children's, Events, Free Event, Library_News, NZ Post Book Awards, Reviews | Leave a comment

On Tuesday 17th March the Waitati School hosted the first Waitati Children’s Bookclub after a break of a couple of years. Yippee!!!

We met in the warmth of the library, had some afternoon tea, and talked about all the good books we had been reading.

Here is our book list:

We also talked about the NZ Post Book Awards and the children took away forms to vote for their favourites.

All children over 7 years welcome!

Contact Blueskin Library for more details on 482 2444

NZ Post Book Awards 2009 : Finalists Announced

March 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Books, NZ Post Book Awards | Leave a comment

Emerging authors and illustrators battle it out with our long-time writing heroes in the nation’s most prestigious children’s book awards this year.

Announced today, the finalists in the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults include names loved by generations of Kiwis including Joy Cowley, Maurice Gee and Jack Lasenby. Alongside them are some exciting new talent in New Zealand children’s literature, admired by the judges for their humour and creativity.

‘The wide range of themes, places and times represented in this year’s selection are a fantastic snapshot of who we are as Kiwis and as a nation. There are rhyming stories that feature animals; humorous yet thought-provoking contemporary fiction; stories that look forwards as well as backwards, as far back as pre-history; science fiction, fantasy and realism.

‘All these great books offer New Zealand children and young adults a veritable feast of challenging, stimulating and engrossing reading, as well as fresh, new ways of looking at the world,’ says New Zealand Post Book Awards judges’ convenor, Bill Nagelkerke.

The finalists were selected from more than 130 children’s books published in New Zealand in 2008 and submitted for the awards.

Nagelkerke, a past New Zealand Post finalist and former children’s librarian is joined on the judging panel by children’s editor and career bookseller, Jenni Keestra and children’s literature reviewer and librarian, Rosemary Tisdall. Together they will decide which author will earn the New Zealand Post Book of the Year prize and will choose winners from across the four categories. Winners will be announced on 20 May.
The finalists in the 2009 New Zealand Post Book Awards are:
Picture Book

  • Duck’s Stuck! Written by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O’Reilly (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Every Second Friday written by Kiri Lightfoot, illustrated by Ben Galbraith (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Piggity-Wiggity Jiggity Jig written by Diana Neild, illustrated by Philip Webb (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Roadworks written by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books)
  • The Were-Nana written by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson (Scholastic New Zealand)

Non-fiction

  • Back & Beyond: New Zealand Painting for the Young & Curious
    by Gregory O’Brien (Auckland University Press)
  • The Crafting of Narnia: The Art, Creatures, and Weapons from Weta Workshop
    by Weta Workshop, Paul Tobin and Daniel Falconer (HarperOne)
  • High-Tech Legs on Everest by Mark Inglis with Sarah Ell (Random House New Zealand)
  • Juicy Writing: Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers by Brigid Lowry (Allen and Unwin)
  • Piano Rock: A 1950s Childhood by Gavin Bishop (Random House New Zealand)

Junior Fiction

  • Chicken Feathers by Joy Cowley, illustrated by David Elliot (Puffin)
  • Enemy at the Gate by Philippa Werry (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Five (and a bit) Days in the Life of Ozzie Kingsford written by Val Bird,
    illustrated by Rebecca Cundy (Random House New Zealand)
  • Old Drumble by Jack Lasenby (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Payback by Michelle Kelly (Scholastic New Zealand)

Young Adult Fiction

  • The 10pm Question by Kate de Goldi (Longacre Press)
  • Chronicles of Stone #1, Scorched Bone by Vincent Ford (Scholastic New Zealand)
  • Gool by Maurice Gee (Puffin)
  • Juno of Taris by Fleur Beale (Random House New Zealand)
  • The Tomorrow Code by Brian Falkner (Walker Books)

In selecting finalists, the judges consider points such as creative writing, use of language, impact, integrity, design and production values. Additional criteria for the Picture Book category include harmony between text and illustration. For the Non-fiction category the judges take into account integration of text, graphics, how illustrations were used to engage interest and enhance understanding, plus accuracy of data.

Finalists also compete for the coveted Children’s Choice Award; where kids, not the awards’ judges, get to choose their favourite book. Voting for the Children’s Choice Award begins today. Long considered one of the highest accolades a children’s author can receive, this award is voted on by children of school age from all over New Zealand. Voting can be carried out online at http://www.nzpostbookawards.co.nz or by using the special voting card available from bookshops, libraries or schools. Voting closes at 5.00pm, Friday 1 May.

All winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at Auckland Museum on Wednesday 20 May.

Source: Booksellers New Zealand

Naomi Klein wins Warwick Prize for Writing

March 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Book Awards, Books | Leave a comment

On Tuesday 24 February, 2009 Naomi Klein was announced as the winner of the first £50, 000 Warwick Prize for Writing.

The unique new prize, run and self-funded by the University of Warwick, stands out as an international cross-disciplinary biennial award open to any genre or form of writing.

Canadian journalist Klein’s winning book The Shock Doctrine (Penguin) was chosen from a diverse shortlist of six international titles. This year’s prize theme of ‘Complexity’ was interpreted differently by each writer, all experts in their genres, and ranged from music criticism and scientific theory to Spanish fiction.

Naomi Klein said “At a time when the news out of the publishing industry is usually so bleak it’s thrilling to be part of a bold new prize supporting writing, especially alongside such an exciting array of other books.”

Chair judge China Miéville, award-winning author of fantasy fiction, announced the winner at a ceremony at the University of Warwick. Miéville said:

”Every book on the shortlist was exceptional, but of course it had, ultimately, to come down to one. Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine is a brilliant, provocative, outstandingly written investigation into some of the great outrages of our time. It has started many debates, and will start many more, and we’re delighted to award it the first Warwick Prize for Writing.”

Klein’s The Shock Doctrine is based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting. Using detailed case studies from around the world, Klein charts the rise of disaster capitalism where moments of collective crisis – 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina for example – are exploited by global corporations to usher in radical social and economic change.

David Morley, Director of the Warwick Prize for Writing, comments: “Prizes are important. They offer a beckoning point to a writer. They set the tone of a writer’s progress in the world. The best books defy categorisation. I am therefore delighted that Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine has won the inaugural Warwick Prize for Writing. It is important to recognise her achievement with a prize of international calibre.”

The University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift, said: “I am delighted, that in its very first year, the Warwick Prize for Writing has attracted such an international spread of nominated and short listed publications. This reflects the University of Warwick’s own global outlook and the international diversity of its staff and students. I offer my congratulations to Naomi Klein and hope that she will be able to spend a short time with us as one of the many leading international researchers and writers who elect to spend a period at Warwick as a visiting fellow.”

Joining Miéville on this year’s judging panel was journalist Maya Jaggi; novelist, translator and academic Maureen Freely; Britain’s first book blogger Stephen Mitchelmore and University of Warwick mathematician Professor Ian Stewart.

The theme of ‘Colour’ was also announced last night for the 2011 Warwick Prize for Writing. To find out more visit http://www.warwick.ac.uk/go/prizeforwriting

Source: Colman Getty Release

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