Bestselling author Luis Sepúlveda is the winner of the Taormina International Award for literary excellence 2014, handed over by the Italian president himself on September 20th. The former winners of the prize are Edgar Keret, Meir Shalev, Jeffrey Deaver and Xue Xinran.
Marcelo Figueras has been awarded the Italian Premio Scanno for his highly praised novel Kamchatka. Among the former award-winners are Saul Bellow, Mario Vargas Llosa, John Updike, Antonio Tabucchi and David Grossman. The ceremony will take place in mid-September. Kamchatka has so far been published in twelve countries and was made into a very successful movie.
Tatiana Salem Levy’s book Tanto Mar has been awarded this year’s prize in the category children’s and juvenile fiction by the prestigious Academia Brasileira de Letras which also awards the Prêmio Machado de Assis.
André Letria has been awarded a silver medal for his illustration of the children’s book A maior flor do mundo (“The Biggest Flower in the World”) by José Saramago by The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration in the 11th Picture Book Show in New York.
The English website Three Percent is holding its own World Cup of Literature 2014! For each country a book has been chosen as representative, and just like in the football games, they will compete against one another according to which group they are in. For Portugal, Gonçalo M. Tavares’s novel Jerusalém will kick off against The Pale King by David Foster Wallace from the USA, while En clave de luna by Óscar Núñez Olivas is Costa Rica’s choice, competing with the Uruguayan Mario Bendetti’s The Rest is Jungle.
You can see who has won on the 20th and 27th of June right here: www.rochester.edu
Edgar Hilsenrath’s bestselling novel Fuck Amerika is on the shortlist of the European Literature Award! The winner of the five nominees will be announced on September 7th. He will receive €10.000. Previously the prize went to Marie NDiaye, Julian Barnes and Emmanuel Carrère.
The longlist of the nominations for 12th Prémio Portugal Telecom de Literatura includes no less than 13 of our authors:
For the category short stories/chronicles: Gonçalo M. Tavares (Canções Mexicanas), Beatriz Bracher (Garimpo), Claudia Tajes (Sangue quente), Marina Colasanti (Hora de alimentar serpenets) and Antonio Prata (Nu, de botas)
For the category poetry: Adélia Prado (Misere)
For the category novels: Gonçalo M. Tavares (Matteo perdeu o emprego), Adriana Lisboa (Hanói), Ricardo Lísias (Divórcio), Sérgio Rodrigues (O drible), Joca Reiners Terron (A tristeza extraordinária do leopardo-das-neves), João Anzanello Carrascoza (Aos 7 e aos 40), Rodrigo Lacerda (A república das abelhas) and Flávio Izhaki (Amanhã não tem ninguém).
There’s just no stopping Claudia Piñeiro: She has now been voted among the nine finalists of this year’s IV Premio de Las Américas de Novela with Un comunista en calzoncillos (“A Communist in Underpants”). The award acknowledges the best Spanish language novel published in 2013 and consists of $25.000. In mid-July the shortlist will be announced.
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The launching of the film Betibú has been a huge success: In only a week, it has drawn over 90.000 spectators to the Argentinean cinemas and is already on the top ten list! It is based on the novel by bestselling author Claudia Piñeiro.
Ondjaki has been voted among the top 39 African writers under the age of 40. The Africa39 anthology project will be presented in Nigeria as part of celebrations for Port Harcourt as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2014 and published by Bloomsbury in October.
Film rights for Richard Zimler’s bestselling novel The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon have been purchased by the head of Cinemate ("Night Train to Lisbon"). The director will be Academy-award winner Bille August.
José Luiz Passos’s novel O sonambulo amador (“The Amateur Sleepwalker”) has just received the Brasília Literary Prize for the best novel published in 2012 and 2013! In 2013, the novel was already awarded the prestigious Prêmio Telecom Portugal 2013 and the PT Grand Prize.
The film ENEMY, based on the novel “The Double” by José Saramago, has now been successfully released in the USA and in Canada! The New York Times stated: Alluring and lurid. Powerful and idiosyncratic acting.
Claudia Piñeiro, bestselling author from Argentina, and Pepetela, one of Angola’s leading novelists, have been awarded the Rosalía de Castro Prize 2014 for their literary career. Among the former award winners are José Saramago and Nélida Piñón.
Vanessa da Mata’s mesmerizing debut novel Daughter of the Flowers will be presented at the Books at Berlinale programme on February 11 by Nicole Witt! The debut novel by the Latin Grammy award-winning singer from Brazil has already been sold to Portugal and Germany where it will be leading title at Ullstein/List in 2015.
Patrícia Melo’s gripping novel Ladrão de cadáveres has won the German Crime Award in the category international novels, with bestseller author John Le Carré coming second. The jury stated: The Body Snatcher is a literary highlight, world class literature. Melo has already won the award in 1998.
Among the 10 Best Books of 2013 of the prestigious journal O Globo are Sérgio Rodrigues’s gripping novel O drible (“The Feint”) at number 3 and Adriana Lisboa’s outstanding new novel Hanói at number 5.
Patrícia Melo’s award-winning novel Ladrão de cadáveres (“The Body Snatcher”) is number 1 on the best-of list of crime novels 2013 of the prestigious German newspaper DIE ZEIT. The jury stated that Melo is a class of her own.
Luis Sepúlveda’s new book “The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow” is now number 1 on the bestseller list in Italy! The first edition has already been exhausted, and almost 250.000 copies have been sold.
The movie Wakolda, based on the novel by Lucía Puenzo, was the great winner of the Premios Sur in Argentina, receiving 11 statues out of 16, among others for the Best male Protagonist. The novie will be released in May in the UK and the US and has been selected to represent Argentina at the Oscar and the Goya Award.
Vanessa da Mata’s mesmerizing debut novel Daughter of the Flowers has been selected by the Berlinale to be presented at the Books at Berlinale programme on February 11 by Nicole Witt! The novel by the Latin Grammy award-winning singer from Brazil has already been sold to Portugal and Germany where it will be leading title at Ullstein/List in 2015.
Beatriz Bracher has been awarded the APCA Prize (Association of Arts critics of São Paulo) in the category Best Short Story for Garimpo (“Gold Mine”), which was translated into English by Margaret Jull Costa. The winner in the category Best Novel is Alberto Martins with Lívia e o Cemitério Africano (“Livia and the African Cemetery”). The award honours the most diverse aspects of Brazilian culture.
José Luiz Passos’s novel O sonâmbulo amador (“The Amateur Sleepwalker”) has won the prestigious Prêmio Telecom Portugal 2013. He also won the PT Grand Prize which is awarded to the best literary work among the winners of the different categories of the Prêmio Telecom.
In the category short stories and chronicles, the winner of Prêmio Telecom Portugal 2013 was Cíntia Moscovich with Essa Coisa Brilhante que É a Chuva (“Such a Brilliant Thing, the Rain”). The book was also awarded the Prêmio Literário da Fundação Biblioteca Nacional 2013.
It has now been 15 years that José Saramago received the Nobel Prize and 65 since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Fundação José Saramago will celebrate this day with readings from the Decree of Human Rights and a moving documentation about courage in difficult times.
Claudia Piñeiro’s bestselling novel Betibú has been voted among the Best Books 2013 in the category Foreign Revelation by the French magazine Tess! The book was published by Actes Sud in France, as well as in Brazil, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. The English rights have just been sold to Bitter Lemon in the UK.
Only a few weeks after its release, Luis Sepúlveda’s new book “The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow” is the 2nd bestselling book in Italy! The first edition has already been exhausted, and over 200.000 copies have been sold.
Alberto Manguel is going to include the highly acclaimed Portuguese authors José Saramago and Gonçalo M. Tavares in the new edition of his Dicionário de lugares imaginários (“Dictionary of Imaginary Places”), as well as Luís de Camões, Eça de Queiroz and Fernando Pessoa, among others.
Paulo Scott’s multilayered novel Habitante irreal (“Nowhere people”) is number 5 on this winter’s Best-of-list of Weltempfänger. It has been published by Wagenbach in Germany and will be launched in the UK in 2014.
Only one week after its release, Luis Sepúlveda’s new book “The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow” is the 2nd bestselling book in Italy! The first edition has already been exhausted, and nearly 200.000 copies have been sold.
J.P. Cuenca’s novel “The Only Happy Ending to a Love Story is an Accident" will shortly be launched by Cambourakis in France. The book has already been published in seven countries, among others in Germany, Spain and the US.
After winning in the category Short Stories, Luis Fernando Verissimo‘s book Diálogos impossíveis (“Impossible Dialogues”) has now also been awarded the prestigious Jabuti Prize in the category Book of the Year.
Ondjaki has won the Saramago Prize 2013 with his novel Os transparentes (“The Transparent Ones”). Jury member Nélida Piñón stated: Os transparentes is a moving fresco that I won’t be able to erase from my memory. I succumbed to its compelling beauty. The Angolan author commented the €25.000 award with the words: This prize isn’t mine, it belongs to Angola.
Mia Couto has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature! The $50,000 prize is often cited as “the American Nobel” and considered to be one of the most important literary prizes in the world. The jury said about the writer from Mozambique: He is an author who addresses not just his country but the entire world, all human beings.
The mesmerizing debut novel A filha das flores (“Daughter of the Flowers”) by famous Brazilian singer and songwriter Vanessa da Mata has just been sold to Ullstein (List) in Germany after a very intense auction. The prestigious publishing house is planning a huge marketing campaign with what is to be their leading title in Spring 2015.
Following an equally exciting auction in Italy, Vanessa Barbara’s charmingly entertaining novel Noites de Alface (“Lettuce Nights”) has just been sold to Corbaccio (Mauri Spagnol). In France it will be published by Zulma.
The movie Wakolda, directed by the author Lucía Puenzo herself, is a real hit in Argentina, shown in over 70 cinemas with over 400.000 spectators so far! It has also been selected to represent Argentina at the Oscar and the Goya Award.
Luis Fernando Verissimo has won the prestigious Jabuti Prize in the category short stories with Diálogos impossíveis (“Impossible Dialogues”). João Anzanello Carrascoza is second with Aquela água toda (“All This Water”). Maria Valéria Rezende has made the third place in the category Juvenile fiction and Socorro Acioli has won in the category Children’s books.
Luis Mey has been given an award especially created by the Premio Clarín on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Ñ magazine and worth about US$ 8.500 to honour his new novel La pregunta de mi madre (“My Mother’s Question”). After a final editing, it will be published in spring 2014 by Clarín Alfaguara.
José Eduardo Agualusa has been awarded the Fernando Namora Prize for his novel Teoria geral do esquecimento (“A General Theory of Oblivion”)! The jury stated that this work ennobles the author’s elegant literary style. The prize consists of 15.000 Euro.
Ian McEwan sings the praises of young Brazilian writer Tatiana Salem Levy, saying that he was very touched by her wonderful story.
In the question of who are Argentina’s most translated authors posed by the prestigious newspaper La Nación, Claudia Piñeiro has come in third place, right after Borges and Cortázar, while Lucía Puenzo occupies the seventh place.
Furthermore, with a first edition of 10.000 copies by Droemer Knaur and numerous prominent media events, Paulo Lins is going to be THE highlight at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The author will be on promotion tour in Germany from October 4 to 18 - don't miss out on the chance to see him live!
Enemy, Denis Villeneuve’s thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal based on the novel O homem duplicado (“The Double”) by Nobel laureate José Saramago, will face off in competition at the 61st San Sebastian Festival, the biggest movie event in the Spanish-speaking world, held from September 21 to 28.
Lídia Jorge has been honoured as one of the “10 greatest literary voices” in the August issue of the prestigious French Magazine Littéraire.
With her polyphonic style, Lídia Jorge invokes the multiple layers of the Portuguese 20th century, from the point of view of the women living in a patriarchal society.
The mesmerizing debut novel A filha das flores (“Daughter of the Flowers”) of Latin Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Vanessa da Mata will be launched in October by the prestigious Brazilian publishing house Companhia das Letras.
Patrícia Melo is the winner of this year’s LiBeraturpreis, which will be awarded on October 12 at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The jury stated that the astute author has created authentic characters and shown without conventional means that drawing the line between good and evil is not always easy. Melo has also been on the crime list of the prestigious German newspaper DIE ZEIT for two whole months with her novel The Body Snatcher.
Mia Couto has just been shortlisted for the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2014 - often cited as “the American Nobel” - together with other renowned writers like Duong Thu Huong, Edward P. Jones and Haruki Murakami. The winner will be announced on 1 November during the Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture.
Vanessa Barbara has published an article in the New York Times about the current protest in Brazil. The Brazilian author and award-winning journalist has been included in the Granta magazine.
Richard Zimler’s novel The Warsaw Anagrams has been voted as the best crime novel 2013 by the general Council of Yvelines in Paris, who called the book a poignant, poetic and stunning odyssey that holds the reader in thrall from the very first page.