Nominees for the Annual Latvian Literature Award Announced

Annual Latvian Literature Award (LALIGABA) is the most important event celebrating literature in Latvia and providing professional assessment of literary works and recognition of authors for their outstanding works published in Latvia during the year.

The committee of experts of the Annual Latvian Literature Award (LALIGABA) consists of nine judges – writer Dace Rukšāne-Ščipčinska, literary critic and historian Sigita Kušnere, writer and editor Rudīte Kalpiņa, writer and critic Guntis Berelis, culture journalist and literary projects manager Liega Piešiņa, literary critic and historian Sandra Ratniece, literary tutor Ilze Mazpane, literary critic and historian Eva Eglāja–Kristsone and writer Egīls Venters. Awards for best work of poetry, prose, children's literature, best translations, as well as best début of 2016 were awarded to:

BEST WORK OF POETRY>
Ronalds Briedis “Zāles pret nemirstību” [Medicine Against Immortality], Neputns Juris Kronbergs „Uz balkona / bet ja visu laiku…” [On a balcony/ what if all the time... ], Dienas Grāmata Edvīns Raups “Uguns nedrošs pulss” [Fire Hazardous Pulse], Jānis Roze Publishers Māris Salējs “Kā pirms pērkona” [Before Thunder], Pētergailis Ruta Štelmahere “Krekls” [Shirt], Neputns

BEST PROSE>
Pauls Bankovskis “Trakie veči” [Mad Guys], Dienas Grāmata Jana Egle “Gaismā” [Into the Light], Lauku Avīze Laima Kota “Istaba” [The Room], Dienas Grāmata Gundega Repše “Bogene”, Dienas Grāmata

BEST ORIGINAL CHILDREN'S BOOK>
Uldis Auseklis “Kaķēns margrietiņās” [A Kitten in Daisies], Lauku Avīze Lilija Berzinska “Lamzaks meklē Lamzaku” [Lanky looking for Lanky], Dienas Grāmata Lelde Stumbre “Pūcīte ar zeltainajām acīm” [Owlie with Golden Eyes], Zvaigzne ABC Kārlis Vērdiņš “Tētis” [Dad], Liels un Mazs

BEST TRANSLATION>
Dens Dimiņš, translation of Louis-Ferdinand Céline's “Journey to the End of the Night” [Ceļojums līdz nakts galam], Jānis Roze Publishers Maima Grīnberga, translation of Jaan Undusk's collection of essays “Bolshevism and Culture” [Boļševisms un kultūra], Neputns Māra Poļakova, translation of Serhiy Zhadan's novel “Jazz in Donbass” [Džezs pār Donbasu], Jānis Roze Publishers Zigurds Skābardis, translation of Irvine Welsh's “Porno”, Dienas Grāmata

BEST DEBUT
Svens Kuzmins “Pilsētas šamaņi” [Urban Shamans], Dienas Grāmata Ilga Raščevska “Norakstītie” [Write-offs], Zvaigzne ABC Jānis Tomašs “Melnie darba cimdi” [The Black Work Gloves], Pētergailis Dace Vīgante “Ledus apelsīns” [Ice Orange], Zvaigzne ABC

The judges have decided to award a special prize for outstanding contribution to Literary science. The prize this year will be presented to the literary historian Anita Rožkalne for her research “Kārļa Zariņa burvju aplis” [The Magic Circle of Kārlis Zariņš] , published by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.
The committee voted to give the Lifetime Achievement Award to the poet and translator Uldis Bērziņš for his exceptional contribution to Latvian literature and enrichment of the Latvian cultural environment and language through translations of seminal works of world literature.
The Annual Latvian Literature Award ceremony will be held on 21st April, 2017, 18:00 pm., in the “Daile” music hall.

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