Monday, January 28, 2008

Waterstone’s Announces 12 Vibrant New Voices

Some of the best, most energetic new writing from emerging international talent is announced in a list of 12 new writers selected by leading bookseller Waterstone’s for its New Voices promotion.

Chosen from scores of titles submitted by publishers, these are the writers Waterstone’s identified as likely future winners of literary prizes such as the Man Booker, Orange and Costa. Hailing from different continents and now living in as diverse places as India, New York and Glasgow, the 12 New Voices authors are as follows (listed alphabetically):

- Aravind Adiga (The White Tiger, Atlantic)
- Charles Bock (Beautiful Children, John Murray)
- David Downing (Silesian Station, Old Street)
- Zoe Ferraris (The Night of the Mi’raj, Little, Brown)
- Sadie Jones (The Outcast, Chatto & Windus)
- Hillary Jordan (Mudbound, William Heinemann)
- Toni Jordan (Addition, Sceptre)
- Richard T. Kelly (Crusaders, Faber)
- Kei Miller (The Same Earth, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
- John Niven (Kill Your Friends, William Heinemann)
- Ross Raisin (God’s Own Country, Penguin)
- Willy Vlautin (Northline, Faber)

New Voices is just one of many recent projects Waterstone’s has initiated to show its commitment to emerging new authors, and to celebrate the relationship between readers and writers. The New Voices promotion forms part of the Waterstone’s Writer’s Year campaign which will see unique and ambitious projects unveiled each month, celebrating the writer and coinciding with the National Year of Reading 2008. The monthly events include giving a high-profile author free reign to choose every single title within a major promotion called The Writer’s Table in May, the launch of the Waterstone’s Featured Poet in October, and the introduction of The Bookseller’s Bursary in April, a scheme designed to encourage budding authors within the company by sending two booksellers on an all expenses paid writing course.

All books by the New Voices authors will be available in stores in time for World Book Day 2008 on 6 March.

Toby Bourne, Waterstone’s Fiction Buying Manager commented:
“One of the most exciting things for readers every year is watching new writers appear on the literary scene and discovering their work. Our New Voices demonstrate a real wealth of talent and variety – a completely different collection of novels from all genres and from authors of different nationalities. These twelve authors have written fresh, challenging and convincing stories and we expect to find them shaping the world of fiction for years to come.”

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