I have lost the inclination to read anything today. It happens.
And, I understand that the Orange Prize has lost its sponsor of seventeen years. Its sponsor being Orange. I thought that the name was just another institute, foundation, charity, etc. that had corralled a color. You know, like breast cancer and pink, honor our troops and yellow, or blue and child abuse prevention.
I stand corrected. Orange is the British mobile and broadband company.
The Orange Prize is the annual book award for fiction written by a woman,
This year's winner will be announced on May 30. The ceremony will take place in the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. The winner receives £30,000 which is a hefty sum. About $47,000 in U.S. dollars.
Here is the shortlist of nominees:
|Esi Edugyan||Half Blood Blues||Serpent’s Tail||Canadian||2nd Novel|
|Anne Enright||The Forgotten||Waltz Jonathan Cape||Irish||5th Novel|
|Georgina Harding||Painter of Silence||Bloomsbury||British||3rd Novel|
|Madeline Miller||The Song of Achilles||Bloomsbury||American||1st Novel|
|Cynthia Ozick||Foreign Bodies||Atlantic Books||American||7th Novel|
|Ann Patchett||State of Wonder||Bloomsbury||American||6th Novel|
The reason I am interested is because I actually read State of Wonder and visited Ann Patchett's bookstore, Parnassus, this month. I have not read any of the other books. Nor have I read any of the books on the long list. Nor have I read any of the books of past winners.
Am I missing something?
If you are interested, there are brief synopses of each of the six finalists' books at the website: www.orangeprize.co.uk