This Wednesday, the David Cohen Prize for Literature was given to poet Seamus Heaney. The lifetime achievement award is given to a living author every two years, and recognizes the writer’s contribution to British literature.
Also announced this week were the nominees for two prestigious literary awards — the Orange Prize and Man Booker International Prize. The Man Booker International Prize is also a lifetime achievement award; it’s presented every other year to a fiction writer. This year’s nominees are: Peter Carey, Evan S Connell, Mahasweta Devi, E.L. Doctorow, James Kelman, Mario Vargas Llosa, Arnošt Lustig, Alice Munro,V S Naipaul, Joyce Carol Oates, Antonio Tabucchi, Ngugi Wa Thiong’O, Dubravka Ugresic, and Ludmila Ulitskaya. I’m really happy to see Alice Munro on the list — she’s one of my favorite authors. The Man Booker International Prize will be awarded in May.
The Orange Prize nominees were also announced this week (finalists will be announced on April 21, and the winner revealed on June 3). The annual prize is awarded to a female fiction writer. There are 20 nominees, including Marilynne Robinson (for Home) and Toni Morrison (for A Mercy). Click here for the full list of nominees.