It’s a joy for both Canada and Croatia – Novakovic’s adopted country of residence and his homeland – a double celebration on both sides of the Atlantic. Josip Novakovic is well-known in North America for his books for his novels and short-story collections, and especially for his two books on creative writing: Writing Fiction Step by Step and Fiction Writer’s Workshop. However, his renown had not generally spread to the UK until the award short-list was announced a few days ago. As far as Croatia is concerned, this couldn’t have come at a better time, with the celebration of Croatia’s summer entry into the European Union this summer, and the accompanying Welcome Croatia Festival here in Britain.
The Man Booker international prize is open to all writers and recognises their career achievements. Worth £60,000, the award recognizes the world’s finest modern literature. It highlights a writer’s continued creativity, development and overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. The 2013 prize will be the fifth time it has been awarded, and there are 9 other candidates apart from Novakovic, from all across the globe.
This year’s judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2013 consists of the scholar and literary critic, Sir Christopher Ricks (Chair); author and essayist, Elif Batuman; writer and broadcaster, Aminatta Forna; novelist, Yiyun Li and author and academic, Tim Parks.
Keep your ears open to hear the results on May 22nd, and if you haven’t got another favourite, then keep your fingers crossed for Croatia and Novakovic!