Friday, June 17, 2005

Literary Awards Winners Announced

Two authors are this week sharing combined prize money of almost £100,000 following the announcment of the winners of two prestigious literary awards. In Dublin, Ireland, the world's richest literary prize for a single work of fiction was awarded to American writer Edward P. Jones. He received a €100,000 (£66,000) prize after winning the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his novel 'The Known World'. The Impac award is administered in Ireland by Dublin City Council and productivity improvement company IMPAC. It is open to novels written in any language by authors of any nationality, provided the book has been published in or translated into English. Ten books were selected from a longlist of 147, nominated by 185 libraries from 51 countries.

Meanwhile in London the BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2005 was awarded to Jonathan Coe for his book, 'Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of BS Johnson'. Coe wins a £30,000 prize for his biography of British novelist BS Johnson, who died in 1973. The book was selected from a shortlist of six by a panel of judges that included broadcaster Sue MacGregor, mathematics professor Marcus du Sautoy, Sunday Times deputy literary editor Andrew Holgate, and BBC journalist John Simpson. BBC Four, a digital channel from the BBC, has sponsored the Samuel Johnson prize since 2004.