Peter Terrin Wins The “Dutch Booker”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when a book from another country wins a prize from another country the sales team of the publisher of the UK edition will ask: “Can we say the prize is the ‘[insert country here] Booker’?” And in this case they certainly can. Belgian writer Peter Terrin (who writes in Flemish, or Dutch as we note on the copyright page) has won the A.K.O. Literatuurprijs …

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MacLehose Press Prize News

At MacLehose Press we love prizes. Not so much your common or garden prizes like the Booker or the Samuel Johnson. More your Premio Campiellos or Golden Owls – the most prestigious literary prize in Flanders . . . as if you didn’t know. And the thing about having authors on the list from so many countries is that at any given moment a MacLehose author is – somewhere in …

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The Guard: Is It Science Fiction?

It is a question that vexes many, not least on the annual “Why aren’t science fiction novels eligible for Booker Prize?” comment threads on the Guardian. Where there are apocalypses and the like, where do you draw the line between genre and literary fiction? Peter Terrin does not think of himself as a science fiction author, and is not considered to be one in his native Belgium. He started to …

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European Literature Night

Wednesday 16 May, 6.30 — 8.30 p.m. British Library, Conference Centre We have two authors at this year’s European Literature Night: Anne Swärd, author of Breathless, which we published in April, and Paulus Hochgatter, author of The Sweetness of Life and The Mattress House. The event is a great way of introducing European writers to a British audience — and similar events take place on the same night all over Europe. …

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Peter Terrin at European Literature Night III

This evening saw European Literature Night 2011 taking place in a score of cities across the continent, from Munich to Prague to Wien. The London event was hosted by the British Library and saw six writers from six different European countries talking about their work and reading from translated extracts of their latest publications. It was the third such annual event, all chaired by Rosie Goldsmith, the BBC presenter and …

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