Saturday, 5 July 2008
Frank O'Connor Winner Announced Early
Jhumpa Lahiri, a 40 year old American author of Bengali descent, has been announced as the 2008 winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, for her story collection Unaccustomed Earth. I am currently enjoying reading the spare and poignant stories in this collection.
Pulitzer-winner Lahiri’s book was on a longlist of thirty-nine short fiction collections, announced by the Munster Literature Centre in early May, for the €35,000 prize. Most longlistees will have been waiting for the shortlist to appear about now, so this announcement will come as a surprise.
This year's judges – Granta Fiction Editor Rosalind Porter, Cork City Chief Librarian Liam Ronayne, and Irish Times Literary Correspondent Eileen Battersby – opted to announce Lahiri as winner instead of creating a shortlist. She will travel to Cork in September to pick up her prize.
See today's Irish Times here and Guardian here for more information on this announcement.