Thursday, April 09, 2009

Orange for New Writers

There are just 3 names on this year's shortlist for the Orange Prize for New Writers :
Nami Mun - Miles From Nowhere

Ann Weisgarber - The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

Francesca Kay - An Equal Stillness
A bursary of £10,000 a year for three years is awarded for a first work of fiction to help the author's professional development.

Ann Weisgarber's novel also appears on the main longlist for the Orange Prize. (More here.)

Postscript :

Waitressing and being an Avon lady – and even criminal investigations – are all about understanding people's desires. I had to rely on my communication skills and empathy in these jobs... There was a shared emotion between them and me, the people I was sometimes talking to. We were all lonely.
In The Independent Korean American nominee Nami Mun talks about how her itinerant employment informs her writing.

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