Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lydia Davis wins 2013 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction

"I was recently denied a writing prize because they said I was lazy." runs one of Lydia Davis's two-sentence short stories. Well not any more. Davis has just been awarded the fifth Man Booker International Prize at an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
The Man Booker International Prize recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction. Worth £60,000, the prize is awarded every two years to a living author who has published fiction either originally in English or whose work is generally available in translation in the English language. The winner is chosen solely at the discretion of the judging panel and there are no submissions from publishers.
The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction. In seeking out literary excellence, the judges consider a writer's body of work rather than a single novel.


Come check out The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis at the Arrendale Library in Demorest. If contemporary short fiction is something you'd like to explore further, we have several wonderful titles in our Current & Popular leisure reading collection. Browse them here.