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Latvia's Laura Vinogradova wins EU literary prize

Latvia's Laura Vinogradova was named May 18 among the recipients of the European Union Prize for Literature for her book "The River".

Vinogradova secured the 5,000 euro prize ahead of fellow nominees Jana Egle, Rasa Bugavičute-Pēce and Svens Kuzmins, as previously reported by LSM.

A Latvian writer is eligible for the prize once every three years, as it operates on a rotating basis with a third of the 41 countries currently involved in the Creative Europe program being awarded each year.

The first three-year cycle was completed in 2009-2011, the second cycle in 2012-2014, the third cycle in 2015-2017.

."The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works," according to the organizers.

 

The Prize is financed by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which aims to achieve three main goals: to promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector; to encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output; and to foster intercultural dialogue.

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