Twelve novels from Japan, Iran, China, India, Pakistan, South Korea and Bangledesh have today been announced as the longlist for the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize.
In scope, range and subject matter, our longlist presents us with the epic as well as the quotidian, the established writers as well as some on the cusp of greater success. But what connects them is a thing that happens when we read good fiction: the cumulative impact of sentence after good sentence is transforming for the reader. So, while it is hoped that the list reflects among the best of what is coming out of Asia, it also presents Asia to itself, an equally important mirror to hold up.
- Razia Iqbal, 2011 Judge (Chair)
The judges for this year’s 2011 Prize are Pulitzer-prize finalist and author of The Surrendered, Chang-rae Lee, and Vikas Swarup, author of Q&A which was filmed as the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. The judging panel of three is chaired by BBC Special Correspondent Razia Iqbal.
The Man Asian Literary Prize Longlist Announcement
October 29th 2011 (Sat)
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Salon, National Museum of Singapore
Got a pressing question to ask about one of Asia’s most prestigious literary awards? Need inspiration for your next novel? Come join these Man Asian Literary Prize (MALP) winners, nominees and judges, as they share more about their works and the role literary prizes have in developing writers. Most importantly, be the first to learn which authors make the longlist of the 2011 prize as it will be announced here! 90 books have been entered in 2011 from Iran to Japan and from Mongolia to Singapore. Eagerly awaited by media around the world, the announcement will be beamed globally via live streaming. Featuring Q&A author and MALP judge, Vikas Swarup, 2010 MALP winner Bi Feiyu and two shortlisted author, Manu Joseph, this session will be hosted by David Parker, Chair of the Board of Directors of the MALP.
Watch the announcement LIVE here at www.manasianliteraryprize.org & follow the event on Twitter at @MALPrize #MALPrize11, as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/MALPrize.
The Man Asian Literary Prize presents the best of Asian literature in the UK
Three writers shortlisted for the 2010 Man Asian Literary Prize will appear at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August.
The 2010 Man Asian winner and author of Three Sisters Bi Feiyu will appear at the Festival on the 25th August in an event titled Voices of Asian Literature with Manu Joseph and Tabish Khair who were shortlisted for their novels Serious Men and The Thing About Thugs.
The authors will discuss their work as well as debate the future of Asian fiction and its relationship with the Western novel, with the audience in the world famous Spiegeltent.
The event is being proudly supported by the Man Asian Literary Prize. The Edinburgh International Book Festival is the biggest celebration of the written word in the world, drawing over 750 writers to the Scottish capital every year, the world’s first UNESCO City of Literature.
Other Asian authors appearing at the Book Festival include Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjiang, Rahul Bhattacharya, Wang Hui, Mirza Waheed, Chan Koonchung, Kamila Shamsie and many other literary giants from around the world including Audrey Niffenegger, Robert Coover, Edna O’Brien, Alan Hollinghurst, Neil Gaiman, Carol Ann Duffy and Ian Rankin.