This New Award Honors Thrillers That Don’t Rely on Violence Against Women

This New Award Honors Thrillers That Don’t Rely on Violence Against Women

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There’s honestly no way to sugar coat this: violence against women in fiction is at “a ridiculous high.” So much so that there’s a new literary prize being given out for the best thriller “in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.”    Founded by author and screenwriter Bridget Lawless, the Staunch book prize will start accepting entries next month, with the winner announced on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Lawless is funding the £2,000 prize herself because she’s passionate about women and ending violence against them, even/especially in the literary world. The author said …

Man Booker International Prize and Independent Foreign Fiction Prize To Merge

Man Booker International Prize and Independent Foreign Fiction Prize To Merge

We report on a lot of different literary prizes here at The Reading Room, but we’re about to have one less to tell you about.  Amid tough competition from other literary prizes, two awards – the Man Booker International Prize and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize – have decided to merge and create one combined award. Both of the merging prizes are based in the United Kingdom, and are focused on translations of international works originally written in languages other than English. The new prize will be called the Man Booker International Award, and it will feature a larger purse than …