New Zealand author Charlotte Grimshaw’s latest collection, Singularity,
shortlisted for the 2009 Frank O'Connor Short Story Award
The shortlist for the 2009 Cork-City Frank O'Connor Short Story Award has been decided by an international jury. The award at 35,000 euro is the richest prize in the world for the short story form and is given annually to an original collection of stories judged to be the best.
Previous winners have included Haruki Murakami, Miranda July, Jhumpa Lahiri and Yiyun Li. The award is organised by the Munster Literature Centre with generous funding from Cork City Council.
Notable names edged out for a position on this year's shortlist include Booker winner Kazuo Ishiguro, Orange Prize winner Chimanda Ngozi Adiche, veteran short story authors Ali Smith, Mary Gaitskill and James Lasdun and reviewers' darling Sana Krasikov.
The winner will be announced in Cork on September 20th at the closing ceremony of the tenth Frank O'Connor International Short Story Festival which is the oldest annual short story festival in the world.
The shortlisted books are as follows (in alphabetical order):
1) An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah published by Faber, London
2) Singularity by Charlotte Grimshaw published by Vintage, New Zealand
3) Ripples and other Stories by Shih-Li Kow published by Silverfish Books, Malaysia
4) The Pleasant Light of Day by Philip O Ceallaigh Published by Penguin Ireland
5) Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower Published by FSG New York and Granta UK
6) Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy published by Harper Perennial New York.
Well deserved. Singularity did what seemed impossible -- it is even better than Opportunity.
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