The judges of THE FOLIO PRIZE 2014 have today announced the eight titles on the much anticipated inaugural shortlist. The Folio Prize is sponsored by The Folio Society, the celebrated publisher of beautiful editions of the world’s greatest books.
Authors Anne Carson, Amity Gaige, Jane Gardam, Kent Haruf, Rachel Kushner, Eimear McBride, Sergio De La Pava and George Saunders are all in the running for the £40,000 prize, which will be awarded at a glittering ceremony at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel on Monday 10 March.
Lavinia Greenlaw, Chair of the jury – comprising international writers Michael Chabon, Sarah Hall, Nam Le and Pankaj Mishra – made the announcement at a press conference at the British Library today, alongside Toby Hartwell, MD of The Folio Society and Andrew Kidd, MD of Aitken Alexander Associates and founder of The Folio Prize. The Folio Prize aims to recognise and celebrate the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the UK during a given year, regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. It is the first major English-language book prize open to writers from all over the world.
The eight books in contention for this year’s prize are:
Red Doc by Anne Carson (Random House/Jonathan Cape)
Schroder by Amity Gaige (Faber & Faber)
Last Friends by Jane Gardam (Little, Brown)
Benediction by Kent Haruf (Picador)
The Flame Throwers by Rachel Kushner (Random House/Harvill Secker)
A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar Press)
A Naked Singularity by Sergio De La Pava (Maclehose Editions)
Tenth of December by George Saunders (Bloomsbury)