The news has been buzzing for months: A new literature prize, the first encompassing the whole of English-language fiction worldwide, from North America and Britain to India, Australia and Hong Kong ...
For the first time, judges chosen from an Academy of over 100 of the world’s biggest names in English-language fiction, including a host of Pulitzer and Booker prize winning authors. Now finally the Prize has a name: The Folio Prize. The sponsor: The Folio Society, a leading premium-quality London book publisher. More ...
– Scenes at launch of the Folio Prize, at the British Library, London, March 13th 2013. Andrew Kidd announces that The Folio Society is the sponsor.
– Interview with Kamila Shamsie, leading Pakistani author, shortlisted for Orange Prize, member of the Folio Prize Academy :
– “One of the things I really love is that there's no bar by nation. So you can have people from anywhere in the world as long as they're writing in English are eligible. I also think it's fantastic that it's open to different forms, so you can have a graphic novelist, you can have a book of short stories, you could have a novel.”
“You know it's interesting when The Folio Society was announced, my reaction was actually, Oh of course, that's brilliant and perfect. And I think one of the things that's really interesting in the last few years since e-books have really taken off, rather than print books becoming obselete, is that what people have been saying is, we need the print book to be beautiful.”
– Interview with A.S. Byatt, Booker Prize Winner, member of the Folio Prize Academy
“Wonderful things are bound to happen, I really do think so. I began thinking, Oh yes, another prize, very interesting, and now I'm very excited, which I hadn't expected to be.”
– Interview with Erica Wagner, Literary Editor, The Times (London), Member of the Folio Academy : “ I think it recognizes that we're in a global readership for English now, and I think that will be very interesting, to see how this prize fits together, authors writing in English from all over the world.”
– Interview with Joanna Prior, Managing Director, Penguin General : “I think this is a very exciting rpize for our industry, I think it's wonderful to have an Academy, a bit like we're used to in the film business, it sort of seems strange that we've never had that before in the book world I think. And I think it's a wonderful way of trying to judge a body of work, a year-long body of work, so I think it's a very exciting development for us.”
“It's a very well-kept secret, I think we were all trying to guess, right up until the last minute, who the sponsor was, so I love the theatre around revealing the sponsor. I thought that was done fantastically well. And I think The Folio Society is a great fit. I means everyone has warm feelings, people who know about The Folio Society have nothing but warm feelings towards it.”
– Interview with Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize, member of the Folio Prize Academy :
“These are the writers deciding which are the best literary works, simply from that point of view, not because they'll sell, or be cool, or anything other than they just think this is a great work of literature. And I think this is what people who read, and who look to prizes to guide them, this is really what they expect anyway.”
“We all write in English, but we come from so many different countries and places, English is the river we
swim on, it's what we feed on, it's what we want to contribute to. And this is a very very exciting thing about the Prize.”
– Interview with Andrew Kidd, Managing Director, Aitken Alexander Associates, initiator of the Folio Prize :
“The most important thing is that people will see this Prize as having an authority which encourages them to pick up these books, to find these books, and encourages them to take risks on books that perhaps they mightn't otherwise have been drawn to.”
“The Folio Society is a company we're very proud to be associated with. And indeed in a way, we couldn't believe our luck. They are a perfect fit because their preoccupation is with identifying the books of our time, the past but also of our time, which will be in print in fifty or a hundred years time. And that's a perfect alignment with what the Folio Prize is seeking to achieve.”
– Interview with Toby Hartwell, Managing Director, The Folio Society, sponsor of the Folio Prize:
“Our tradition, our history is all about producing beautifully illustrated books, and publishing great classic literature. And this Prize is all about the search for those future classics. And also we sell our books in over 130 countries around the world, and the Prize is recognizing fiction in English from all around the globe. So it's a perfect fit for us.”
– London bookshops. Inside The Folio Society bookshop, London.
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