Sunday, 20 September 2009
FRANK O'CONNOR WINNER 2009 ANNOUNCED
From my hotline to Cork - which I left yesterday morning after a wonderful time launching my book Nude - I have just learnt that author Simon Van Booy has won the 2009 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award with his book Love Begins in Winter.
I have reviewed his book (forthcoming in The Short Review) and I can vouch for its wonderfulness.
Huge congrats to Simon, who lives in New York, and is a genuinely sweet, nice, mildly eccentric guy, as well as a skilled and fabulous writer. He told me he plays fiddle for his 5 year old daughter, who has recently developed a passion for Irish dancing, and it seemed such a cute but wholly characteristic thing for him to do.
I am sad of course for the other excellent shortlisted writers who I spent time with over the few days: Petina, Philip, Shi-li, Charlotte and Wells. It was an incredibly strong shortlist and I would not have liked to try to pick a winner from those six.