Another Week, Another Honor For George Saunders

March 10, 2014

George SaundersThe first winner of the Folio prize, created in response to “shortcomings of the Man Booker prize”, was awarded today to the short story collection Tenth of December by George Saunders. Judges, including Lavinia Greenlaw, Michael Chabon, Sarah Hall, Nam Le and Pankaj Mishra, praised the stories as “darkly playful” saying: ” they take us to the edge of some of the most difficult questions of our time and force us to consider what lies behind and beyond them.” The other candidates on the shortlist were Red Doc by Anne Carson; Schroder by Amity Gaige; Benediction by Kent Haruf; The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner; A Girl is a Half-formed thing by Eimear McBride; and A Naked Singularity by Sergio de la Pava. Mr. Saunders recently won the Story Prize, yet another major literary award for this author. Read the entire article here.


George Saunders Story Prize Winner

March 6, 2014

tenth of decGeorge Saunders won $20,000 for his collection of stories Tenth of December. According to the judges of the Story Prize: “George Saunders offers a vision and version of our world that takes into account the serious menace all around us without denying the absurd pleasures that punctuate life.” Runners-up Andrea Barrett for Archangel and Rebecca Lee for Bobcat each won $5,000. You can read the title story from Tenth of December in this NPR post. And check the EPL catalog for other works by this author.


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