Literature award nominations unveiled

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On March 27 the Latvian Literature Yearly Award (LALIGABA) shortlisted contestants were announced in five categories - poetry, prose, children's, translation, and debut. 

Poet and notable translator Uldis Bērziņš was named the recipient of the Latvian Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement. While an equivalent award for achievement in literary criticism was handed to Anita Rožkalne.

The jury panel was made up of writers and literary people.


Ronalds Briedis „Zāles pret nemirstību” [The medicine against immortality]
Juris Kronbergs „Uz balkona / bet ja visu laiku…” [On the balcony / but if it happens all the time]
Edvīns Raups „Uguns nedrošs pulss” [Inflammable pulse]
Māris Salējs „Kā pirms pērkona” [As if before thunder]
Ruta Štelmahere „Krekls” [The shirt]


Pauls Bankovskis „Trakie veči” [Mad geezers]
Jana Egle „Gaismā” [In the light]
Laima Kota „Istaba” [The room]
Gundega Repše „Bogene”

Children's literature

Uldis Auseklis „Kaķēns margrietiņās” [A kitten in the daisies]
Lilija Berzinska „Lamzaks meklē Lamzaku” [A klutz looking for a klutz]
Lelde Stumbre „Pūcīte ar zeltainajām acīm” [The golden-eyed little owl]
Kārlis Vērdiņš „Tētis” [Daddy]


Dens Dimiņš translation of Celine's Voyage au bout de la nuit
Maimas Grīnberga's Bolshevism and Culture by Jaan Undusk
Māras Poļakova's translation of Serhiy Zhadan's Jazz in Donbas
Zigurda Skābardis' translation of Irvin Welsh's Porno


Svens Kuzmins „Pilsētas šamaņi” [Shamans of the city]
Ilga Raščevska „Norakstītie” [Those written down]
Jānis Tomašs „Melnie darba cimdi” [The black working gloves]
Dace Vīgante „Ledus apelsīns” [The ice orange]

The award winners will be announced April 21.

The choice of the people at the LALIGABA jury has been criticized, most notably by Artis Ostups, poet and editor at

"Don't you find it odd that the LALIGABA committee has no one who has, within the last fifteen years, proven their understanding of the history of poetry and the specifics of the genre?" he mused on Facebook as early as November.

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