Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Orange to End Prize Sponsorship; Commonwealth Winners Named
Cellphone company Orange announced that it
will withdraw its support of the UK prize for fiction by women that has carried
its name since the award's founding 17 years ago. Co-founder and honorary
director Kate Mosse makes the case to the Guardian
(and future sponsors) that "the investment generates something in the
region of £17.5m a year in advertising, and the cultural capital of the women's
prise for fiction is practically second to none."
This year's winner will be named May 30.
The Guardian notes that the prize money itself is supplied from an endowment,
with the sponsor providing "the remainder of the award's expenses."