Monday 6 May 2013
Just six weeks ago on stage at The Peninsula Hotel, Tan Twan Eng received the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize for his stunning second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists. “I’ve often been asked in interviews, ‘How important are literary prizes to a writer?’” quipped Twan as he collected his award, “And I always reply, ‘Extremely!’”
Since that night our 2012 winner has been finding out first hand. He has been kept busy with a constant stream of media interviews and literary festival invitations, including to the prestigious Hay-on-Wye Festival in the UK. We are thrilled to hear that his publishers, Canongate/Myrmidon, have decided to reprint the winning novel and that sales of the book have increased dramatically.
It is not only the winner who has been kept busy. Many of our other shortlisted writers have been flat out attending speaking events.
And here at the Asian Literary Prize the team and I have been working hard on securing a new sponsorship deal. We initially hoped to make an announcement at the end of April, but our negotiations with potential sponsors are continuing, which may mean some adjustments to the timing of the 2013 Asian Literary Prize award cycle.
We will make an announcement about the 2013 Prize here as soon as we can. In the meantime watch this space. And thank you for your continued support of the Asian Literary Prize!
Prof. David Parker
Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize