The Aura Estrada Prize

The Aura Estrada Prize is a new literary prize, the first of its kind for young Spanish language women writers.  The prize is named after an incredibly gifted emerging Mexican writer, the wife of novelist Francisco Goldman, who tragically died last year in an accident.  In honor of her memory, the prize seeks to launch the careers of talented young women who might otherwise not have their voices heard.

On September 18th 2008, a benefit event will take place in New York City to raise funds for this prize.  Tickets are still available for the event.  This prize is poised to make a crucial difference in Latin American letters, and in literary possibilties for women.  For more information about the prize, and how to donate, go here: The Aura Estrada Prize.

Orange Prize Winner Announced!

One of our favorite prizes awarded each year is the Orange Prize, which gives 30,000 pounds to the best fiction written by a woman. I make a point to read these books, and the runner-up list, every year. Past winners include One Story author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for her novel Half a Yellow Sun. This year’s winner was Rose Tremain for her novel, The Road Home. Runner-ups were:

When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson

The Outcast by Sadie Jones

Fault Lines by Nancy Huston

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

Lottery by Patricia Wood

To read more about this year’s prize, go here.