The winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature were announced today at the opening of the Göteborg Book Fair in Sweden. The winners are: Isabelle Wéry (Belgium), Faruk Šehić (Bosnia Herzegovina), Emilios Solomou (Cyprus), Kristian Bang Foss (Denmark), Meelis Friedenthal (Estonia), Lidija Dimkovska (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Katri Lipson (Finland), Marica Bodrožić (Germany), Tullio Forgiarini (Luxembourg), Ioana Pârvulescu (Romania), Gabriela Babnik (Slovenia) and Cristian Crusat (Spain).
As Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou stated: ” The European Union Prize for Literature draws international attention to fantastic new or emerging authors, who might otherwise not gain the recognition they deserve outside their home country. As well as helping these writers to reach new audiences, our aim is to introduce readers to great new European literature and offer them more choice. This can also contribute, in the long term, to creating a genuine European readership, with nearly half a billion potential readers. Our new Creative Europe funding programme will enable us to provide greater support towards the cost of book translations and enhance cultural diversity.”
The winners will receive € 5.000 each, and in addition, their publishers are encouraged to apply for EU funding to have the winning books translated into other European languages. In addition, the awards will be presented at a ceremony in Brussels on 26 November.
The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is open to 37 countries which are part of the current EU Culture Programme, and in particular, the 28 EU Member States as well as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Turkey.
‘Europe Loves Reading’
While in Sweden and in the context of the ‘Europe Loves Reading’ literacy campaign, Commissioner Vassiliou will also meet young pupils from the international school in Göteborg who will read from their favourite books. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Europe’s literacy crisis and to promote reading for pleasure.