Founded in 1947 by Charles Ede, the Folio Society is an independent publisher with a reputation for producing beautifully illustrated books. This week, I was lucky enough to attend their spring titles launch event at the British Library in London.
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The shortlist for the first Folio Prize was announced today. The eight nominated books are:Red Doc by Anne Carson Schroder by Amity Gaige Last Friends by Jane Gardam Benediction by Kent Haruf The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride A Naked Singularity by Sergio de la Pava Tenth of December by George Saunders
The Man Booker Prize is certainly no stranger to controversy. However, reports that American writers will be eligible from next year onwards have managed to provoke even more debate than normal with many arguing that the Prize will lose its “distinctiveness”. There has been no official comment from the Booker committee yet but changes are set to be announced later this week. Continue reading
Another day sees another literary award announced…this time, it’s the launch of the Folio Prize, a new £40,000 literary award sponsored by the Folio Society for the best work of fiction published in the English language. This particular prize was created after several literary bigwigs complained about the supposed dumbing down of the Booker Prize in 2011, a year when books were chosen for their ‘readability’. Heaven forbid that somebody who wasn’t on the judging panel might actually understand or even enjoy something on the shortlist…