Tag Archives: Orange Prize

The End of the Orange?

The Orange Prize has always been a favorite topic around these parts, whether we’re celebrating, handicapping, or complaining. So it was with heavy heart that I read the Guardian’s announcement last week that Orange, the UK telecom company behind the prize, is withdrawing its sponsorship. The prize was first established to address the fact that […]

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2012 Orange Prize: A Lackluster Shortlist

The Orange Prize judges released their shortlist last night: Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright Painter of Silence, Georgina Harding The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller State of Wonder, Ann Patchett Foreign Bodies, Cynthia Ozick As is usually the case when a shortlist is announced, I am wincing. First, the good […]

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2012 Orange Prize Longlist Announced

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Orange Prize longlist: Island of Wings, Karin Altenberg On the Floor, Aifric Campbell The Grief of Others, Leah Hager Cohen The Sealed Letter, Emma Donoghue Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan The Forgotten Waltz, Anne Enright The Flying Man, Roopa Farooki Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon Painter of Silence, Georgina Harding […]

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Doing the Math

Yesterday, Gayla posted some interesting thoughts on the Orange Prize, and whether it is—or isn’t—yet another way of fencing women writers into an orderly little corral. I’m inclined to agree with her that more than anything else it’s a kind of finding aid, in this case for some really high-quality and off-the-beaten-track literature. You can […]

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Anticipating the 2012 Orange Prize

It’s a very exciting week for book geeks. The Tournament of Books starts on Wednesday and the Orange Prize judges announce their longlist on Thursday. Along with the longlist announcement, I think we can expect to see the usual small flurry of blog posts and editorials decrying the very existence of the Orange Prize, which is […]

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Téa Obreht Takes the Orange

The 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Téa Obreht for her debut novel, The Tiger’s Wife. The prize, which goes to English-language fiction written by a woman, yields up £30,000—that’s over $49,000—and the “Bessie,” a limited-edition bronze statuette suitable for displaying on the mantel or weighing down the manuscript of one’s next […]

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Short and Sweet Lists

Both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction announced their shortlists on Tuesday. There’s always the temptation to compare and contrast, but these competitions are really two different animals. More fun for everyone, I say. The IMPAC Dublin Award, which has one of the longest longlists around, consists of books nominated […]

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Wednesday Moment of Zen: Color Commentary

Here in the northeast this time of year is known as Mud Season, characterized by large swaths of brown and gray, broken up here and there by shoots of green that you need to be paying attention to catch. In these pre-spring days, any color at all is appreciated, and Alan Kennedy’s Color/Language Project is […]

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