Frank O’Connor Award Shortlist
Worth €25,000, the Frank O’Connor is the world’s richest award for a single short-story collection, and has been won by some of the biggest names in international literature, from Haruki Murakami to Nathan Englander and Edna O’Brien. This year judges chose a shortlist of six titles from 78 longlisted books, with writers including George Saunders, Junot Díaz, Molly Ringwald, Emma Donoghue and former winner Ron Rash all missing out.
Instead, the panel went for Oates’s Black Dahlia & White Rose, which includes a story about a friendship between Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Short, and Swiss writer Stamm, a finalist for this year’s Man Booker International prize, for We’re Flying.
Oates’s fellow American Claire Vaye Watkins was selected for Battleborn, set in her home state of Nevada, and Canadian Tamas Dobozy for Siege 13, a series of linked stories alternating between second world war Hungary and a community of Hungarian émigrés in the contemporary west.
Britain’s contenders are Levy, shortlisted for the Booker last year and this time picked for her collection Black Vodka, which includes a story in which a hunchbacked man has a date with his perfect girl, and Constantine, chosen for Tea at the Midland, a collection which the Guardian called “masterful … pregnant with fluctuating interpretations and concealed motives”.
The winner will be announced in the first week of July, with the award to be presented in September at the culmination of the Cork International short story festival.
Those who appreciate short stories would so well to check out this collection of stories by Caroline England
Watching Horsepats Feed The Roses – Caroline England [ACHUKAbooks]
From a Guardian Children’s Books site interview – full piece recommended
Where’s your favourite place to write?
I always like to work outside and our house has two outdoor decks: a lower one, which I don’t use, but the upper one is open to the sky and I’ve got my hammock out there and my rocking chair. It looks out over San Francisco Bay and its up on a hill so I can see San Francisco and I can see Alcatraz and I see the ships going by and the sail boats and all that kind of stuff. So that’s my number one place to work. But when its too cold, I drive my car over to what’s called the Marin Headlands and I’ll stop in the pull out where all the tourists come to take pictures and I’ll type in my car. I also work in coffee shops sometimes and I work in bars sometimes and restaurants.
An in-depth review of the Sony a99 camera, by Ken Rockwell
Most of what makes the A99 good or bad stems from the basic design of the A99 as a mirrorless camera. It just happens to be styled — and marketed — as if it were a DSLR, but it’s not.
Because it’s not a DSLR it took me a couple of weeks to learn it well, and once I did, I love it!
Amazon has launched a dedicated publishing website…
Beginning with this weekend’s Book Expo America in New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, THE PENGUIN BOOK TRUCK AND PUSHCART will be making their way to book-related events, festivals, and more, stocked with books from all Penguin Group imprints. Offering readers choices on the go from a wide selection of titles by authors ranging from Patricia Cornwell to John Green, Elizabeth Gilbert to Khaled Hosseini, Nate Silver to Sylvia Day, as well as Penguin Classics. Be on the lookout for the Penguin Book Truck at locations near you!
Inspired by the design of the classic New York City hot dog cart, the Penguin Book Pushcart will be transported by the Penguin Book Truck to various locations including bookstores, parks, beaches, sidewalks in shopping districts, summer theaters, and green markets.
WRITERS in the Highlands and Islands have a unique opportunity to gain vital insights and information on the latest trends in children’s publishing and what publishers are currently looking for, at two events in Inverness hosted by two of the industry’s leading figures.
Kate Wilson, managing director of highly innovative and original children’s publisher Nosy Crow, and Kathryn Ross of Scotland’s leading literary agency for children’s authors Fraser Ross Associates, will lead the sessions on Wednesday 5th June at the Mercure Hotel, Inverness.
In recognition of a commitment to bringing exciting and original books from around the world to the UK b small publishing have been awarded a publishing grant from the Literature Translation Institute of Korea.
The grant has been awarded in support of a new title – Creative Hand Art – due for publication in August this year.
As part of their autumn programme for 2013, b small will be publishing activity books from France, Chile and Korea. This is a new direction for the independent children’s publisher intended to complement their existing and continuing commitment to foreign language publishing, with a focus on culturally diverse activity books.
“This grant is a reassuring vote of confidence in our work and we’re extremely proud to be collaborating with LTI Korea. Our forward programme is made up of a healthy mix of foreign and home-grown titles, all of which embraces the idea that activity books can be artistic and inspiring whilst remaining fun and affordable.” – Sam Hutchinson, Director
There are eight books longlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Follow the link for a Guardian Gallery of the book jackets with descriptions…
• The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond, Walker Books
• After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross, Oxford University Press
• Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
• The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Puffin Books
• Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, Faber and Faber
• Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead, Andersen Press
• The Wall by William Sutcliffe, Bloomsbury Publishing
• A World Between Us by Lydia Syson, Hot Key Books
An 8-slide Guardian gallery
Cartoonist Posy Simmonds has been keeping sketchbooks since she began her weekly Guardian strip in the 70s. Here she talks us through some of her pages, and explains why Princess Diana had exactly the come-hither eyes she was looking for