On the 24th of September, Wojciech Tochman was awarded the Premio Kapuściński, the annual reportage award issued ‘for the skill to recount places and cultures, for annalistic observation and the skill to narrate it.” More info on the prize can be found here: http://www.festivaletteraturadiviaggio.it/premi/kapuscinski.htm

Congratulations to the Author!

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The shortlist for the Nike Literary Award 2015 was announced this week. The shortlist of seven books includes Ziemowit Szczerek’s TATTOO WITH A TRIDENT, and Weronika Murek’s GROWING SOUTHERN PLANTS THE MICHURIN WAY. Congratulations to the authors!

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Weronika Murek and Maciej Hen are the first two laureates of the newly established Witold Gombrowicz Prize for debut works of fiction. Weronika Murek received the award for her outstanding book “Growing Southern Plants the Michurin Way”.

Weronika Murek is also longlisted for this year’s Nike Literary Award. Rights to her book are sold to France, and English samples are available for review.

 

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An excerpt from Artur Domosławski’s ‘Death in the Amazon’ is featured in the current issue of Words Without Borders, and Simon Romero recommends “Death in the Amazon” in the New York Times.

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An extract from Wojciech Tochman’s DON’T BURN STAIRS was just published by Spurl on the Spurl Blog. The extract was translated by Frank Garrett.

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Andrzej Stasiuk received this year’s Österreichischer Staatspreis für Europäische Literatur, the most prestigious and important prize for literature awarded in Austria. Former laureates include John Banville, Claudio Magris, Umberto Eco, Stanislaw Lem, et. al. For more information on the prize please read here.

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The US translator of Miedzianka, Sean Bye, won the annual Asymptote translation contest with his translation of Springer’s book. Guardian featured the translation yesterday within their Translation Tuesday series. The text can be found under this link.

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A long excerpt from Filip Springer’s “Blueprints” is featured in the January issue of Asymptote Journal. You can find the text and a podcast under this link.

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The year has kicked off with several interesting sales and fruitful talks about new representation projects.

There is a growing interest among publishers in Polish reportage, and with the Polish presence at BEA Chicago in 2016 and at the London Book Fair in 2017, Polish reportage is bound to conquer the world.

Stay tuned for more!

 

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It’s been a very fruitful Frankfurt Book Fair for Polishrights, with offers for various books and authors coming in from all over the world during and after the fair. Here is a list of the closed deals:

In a two-book deal Penguin US bought World English rights for Witold Szablowski’s book DANCING BEARS, and the yet-unwritten book RECIPE FOR HISTORY.

The Swedish publisher of Andrzej Stasiuk, Ersatz, acquired Swedish rights to Stasiuk’s book THE EAST, marking the 6th foreign sale for this title.

French publisher Agullo acquired rights to two crime novels (DOLLS’ FARM & THE ARSONIST) by Wojciech Chmielarz, one of the most popular and acclaimed crime authors in Poland.

The US publisher Restless Books acquired North American rights to MIEDZIANKA, an extraordinary literary reportage written by the rising star of Polish literature, Filip Springer.

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