Jhumpa LAHIRI wins the Frank O'Connor!
THE JUDGES (comprising Granta senior editor Rosalind Porter, Cork City chief librarian Liam Ronayne and Irish Times literary correspondent Eileen Battersby) of the 2008 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the world’s largest prize for a short-story collection (€35,000), have, without precedent, dispensed with a shortlist to announce an outright winner, Jhumpa Lahiri, for her collection, Unaccustomed Earth (Alfred A. Knopf/Bloomsbury, 2008), it was announced on Saturday, July 5, 2008.
Director of the Award, Patrick Cotter, speaking yesterday, said: “With a unanimous winner at this early stage, we decided it would be a sham to compose a shortlist and put five other writers through unnecessary stress and suspense. Not only were the jury unanimous in their choice of Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth as the winner, they were unanimous in their belief that so outstanding was Lahiri’s achievement in this book that no other title was a serious contender.”
Lahiri will attend the awards ceremony in Cork, Ireland, which is the closing event of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival, September 17-21, 2008. She will read from her award-winning book and participate in a public interview with Irish Times literary correspondent Eileen Battersby.