American, women authors dominate shortlist of new Folio Prize

Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:04am EST
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By Julia Fioretti

LONDON (Reuters) - American and female authors dominated the inaugural shortlist of a new literary award, the Folio Prize, which was unveiled on Monday.

The award is "the first major English-language book prize open to writers from all over the world", according to sponsor the Folio Society.

The shortlist of eight works features five books by U.S. writers and five female authors. The titles were chosen by a panel of judges who pored through 80 English-language books published in Britain by authors from around the world.

The selected works are a mix of novels, poetry and short stories.

Those by American authors were "A Naked Singularity" by Sergio De La Pava, "Schroder" by Amity Gaige, "Benediction" by Kent Haruf, "The Flame Throwers" by Rachel Kushner and "Tenth of December" by George Saunders.

Irish author Eimear McBride was shortlisted for her novel "A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing" while the remaining two authors on the list were Canadian Anne Carson for her verse-novel "Red Doc" and British Jane Gardam with the novel "Last Friends".

The winner stands to receive a prize of 40,000 pounds ($65,500) at the ceremony in London on March 10.

"The shortlist we've arrived at is one of which we're proud," said Lavinia Greenlaw, chairwoman of the judges and a poet, novelist and critic.   Continued...