The winners of the 2011 European Union Prize for Literature, which recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU, were announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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Rodaan Al Galidi
The aim of the prize is to celebrate the diversity of European fiction, to promote the chosen authors outside their own country including translation of their work, and to contribute to boosting the international circulation of literature more generally. The prize is unique, being the only award to reward authors from so many different European countries writing in such an array of languages. The competition is open to the 36 countries involved in the EU Culture Programme. Each year, national juries in 12 of the participating countries nominate the winning authors, so that all countries in the programme are represented over a three-year period.
This year's winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Brussels on 28 November, in the presence of Commissioner Vassiliou and leading public figures from the worlds of literature, culture and politics.
They will include Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, chair of the EU High-Level Group on Literacy, Bogdan Zdrojewski, Polish Minister for Culture and Heritage, and Doris Pack, chair of the European Parliament's Culture and Education Committee.