Orange Prize Longlist Announced!!

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Hot Book News, Lists, Lists and More Lists

I wait for this all year…

From Orange Prize website:

ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION ANNOUNCES 2011 LONGLIST

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist announcement: 12 April

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist readings: 6 June

Awards ceremony: 8 June

London, 16 March 2011: The Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by a woman, today announces the 2011 longlist. Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary this year, the Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing throughout the world.

  • Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – Sudanese; 3rd Novel
  • Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch (Canongate) – British; 10th Novel
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (Picador) – Irish; 7th Novel
  • The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi (Bloomsbury) – Indian; 1st Novel
  • Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty (Faber and Faber) – British; 6th Novel
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair) – American; 4th Novel
  • The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury) – British/Sierra Leonean; 2nd Novel
  • The London Train by Tessa Hadley (Jonathan Cape) – British; 4th Novel
  • Grace Williams Says it Loud by Emma Henderson (Sceptre) – British; 1st Novel
  • The Seas by Samantha Hunt (Corsair) – American; 1st Novel
  • The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna (Faber and Faber) – British; 2nd Novel
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss (Viking) – American; 3rd Novel
  • The Road to Wanting by Wendy Law-Yone (Chatto & Windus) – American; 3rd Novel
  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) – Serbian/American; 1st Novel
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (Viking) – American; 1st Novel
  • Repeat it Today with Tears by Anne Peile (Serpent’s Tail) – British; 1st Novel
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Chatto & Windus) – American; 1st Novel
  • The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin (Serpent’s Tail) – British/Nigerian; 1st Novel
  • The Swimmer by Roma Tearne (Harper Press) – British; 4th Novel
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter (Jonathan Cape) – Canadian; 1st Novel

The judges for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction are:

  • Bettany Hughes, (Chair), Broadcaster, Historian and Author
  • Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions
  • Tracy Chevalier, Novelist
  • Helen Lederer, Actress and Writer
  • Susanna Reid, Journalist and Broadcaster

“What proved a genuine delight this year was the power of observation and sympathy on the page,” commented Bettany Hughes, Chair of Judges. “As a panel we had works of searing originality and epic scale in front of us – plus books that were intimate and sometimes magical”.

She continues, “All of the longlist authors have done us a favour by writing what they have, and with such elan. A number have opened up worlds either just around the corner or half way across the earth thanks to their imagination and simple interest in what it is to be human. It was a huge tussle to get the list down to twenty, but what we have is a gorgeous, widely varied longlist – we’ll certainly enjoy re-reading each and every one as we make tough choices to select the Orange Prize shortlist for 2011.”

The Prize was set up in 1996 to celebrate and promote fiction by women throughout the world to the widest range of readers possible and is awarded for the best novel of the year written by a woman in the English language.

Stuart Jackson, Brand Communications Director at Orange said, “The judges have selected a remarkable and rich list which reflects the exceptional range and diversity of women’s fiction. We’re very proud to be announcing such an exciting and international list and invite readers to share their thoughts on this year’s books via the new Orange Prize Facebook page.”

This year’s longlist honours both new and well-established writers and features nine first novels. Three authors appearing on this year’s list have previously been longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and a further two authors have been previously shortlisted. The list also includes a former winner of the Orange Award for New Writers and features twelve different publishing imprints.

Any woman writing in English, whatever her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter, is eligible. The winner will receive a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in The Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on 8 June 2011.

Previous winners are Barbara Kingsolver for The Lacuna (2010), Marilynne Robinson for Home (2009), Rose Tremain for The Road Home (2008), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), Zadie Smith for On Beauty (2006), Lionel Shriver for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2005), Andrea Levy for Small Island (2004), Valerie Martin for Property (2003), Ann Patchett for Bel Canto (2002), Kate Grenville for The Idea of Perfection (2001), Linda Grant for When I Lived in Modern Times (2000), Suzanne Berne for A Crime in the Neighbourhood (1999), Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998), Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997), and Helen Dunmore for A Spell of Winter (1996).

CJ Stanley, Orange
Tel: 07989 333 308
Email: cj.stanley@orange-ftgroup.com

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