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Annual literary prize shortlists announced

On March 30, the nominees for the Latvian Literature of the Year Award (LALIGABA) in five categories were revealed in an online Facebook session, with other special prizes also handed out.

One special award was given collectively to the team of the literature festival “Prose Readings 2020” led by Inga Žolude. There were also special Lifetime Achievement Awards for two distinguished figures from the Latvian literary scene: linguist and writer Lalita Muižniece and literary critic Gunārs Bībers.

The winners of the LALIGABA awards will be determined by a secret ballot of the expert commission and announced in the LALIGABA award presentation program, which will be shown on April 30 this year at 21.00 on LTV1.

The five categories in which shortlists were announced are:

Best poetic work

Amanda Aizpuriete “Pirms izvākšanās” (“Neputns”)
Ingmāra Balode “Dzejoļi pēc mūsu ēras” (“Neputns”)
Katrīna Rudzīte “Ērti pārnēsājami spārni” (“Neputns”)
Kārlis Vērdiņš “Gatavā dzeja” (“Neputns”)

Best prose work

Inga Ābele “Balta kleita”, (“Dienas Grāmata”)
Inga Gaile “Rakstītāja”, (“Dienas Grāmata”)
Jānis Joņevs “Tīģeris”, (“Dienas Grāmata“)
Laura Vinogradova “Upe”, (“Zvaigzne ABC”)

Best children's work

Ērika Bērziņa “Mammas dzejoļi”, ilustrējusi Anna Vaivare, (“Liels un mazs”)
Ieva Melgalve, Elizabete Lukšo-Ražinska “Emī un Rū. Robota sirds”, ilustrējusi Guna Poga, (“Tuta Media”)
Marts Pujāts “Ej nu ej”, ilustrējusi Lāsma Pujāte, (“Liels un mazs”)
Inga Žolude “Pirmo reizi uz Zemes”, ilustrējis Krišs Salmanis, (“Liels un mazs”)

Best translation

Dens Dimiņš' translation from Dutch of Edward van de Vendel's "Summer of the Blue Hall”, (“Liels un mazs”)
Jānis Elsbergs' translation from English of Chales Bukovski's poems “Kodiens”, (“Neputns”)
Dace Meiere's translation from Lithuanian of Jurga Vile's graphic novel "Siberian haiku", (“Liels un mazs”)
Māra Poļakova's translation from Russian of Leonid Dobychin's novel “The town N", (“Orbīta”)

Most notable debut

Elvīra Bloma “Izdzēstie attēli”, (“Orbīta”)
Andris Kalnozols “Kalendārs mani sauc”, (“Orbīta”)
Ivars Šteinbergs “Strops”, (“Neputns”)
Lauris Veips “Interesantās dienas”, (“Orbīta”)

 

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