Las horas claras and El lejano oeste winners of the 2013 Premio de los libreros

las horas clarasFor the second year running, Venezuelan booksellers have voted for their favourite books of the year. The winners were Jacqueline Goldberg’s Las horas claras (Cultura Urbana) for narrative, and Alejandro Castro’s El lejano oeste (bid&co) for poetry. As a novel written by a poet, Las horas claras was said to ‘combine with great skill the best of both genres’, while El lejano oeste was praised for ‘Its force, its ironic humour and its cheek’.

The bookshops involved were Alejandría, El Buscón, Noctua, Kalathos, Sopa de Letras and Lugar Común. Special mentions were also given in poetry to Gina Saraceni for Casa de pisar duro (Cultura Urbana) and in narrative to Ana Teresa Torres for La escribana del viento (Alfa).

Click here to read the full report and judges verdict at Ficción Breve.

Jacqueline Goldberg wins the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana cross-genre prize

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Venezuelan writer Jacqueline Goldberg (Maracaibo, 1966) has won the 12th Concusro Transgenérico (cross-genre prize) organised by the Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana (Society of Friends of Urban Culture), with her work Las horas claras (The Clear Hours). It is a text which, perfectly translating the spirit of the competition, offers a cross between novel and poetry. The jury, comprising Gina Saraceni, Héctor Torres and Joaquín Marta Sosa praised the work both for they way it approaches loss, as well as its crossing of generic borders, with “a style and language of high literary quality”. They called Las horas claras a “beautiful and unclassifiable hybrid that brings together poetry, history and novel”.

Jacqueline Goldberg has a proven track-record in poetry, with more than ten published works. Among other acknowledgements, she has won the Miguel Vicente Pata Caliente National Prize for Children’s Literature (1993) and the Mariano Picón Salas Poetry Biennial (2001).

The jury also indicated that a large part of the almost fifty works presented were of high quality, which reaffirms the creative power of Venezuelan literature. They particularly recommended the following finalists: Con trazos de seda (With Lines of Silk) by Cecilia Rodriguez, Alambrada (Barbed Wire) by Patricia Valdivia and Santa Angela del Cerro by Eloi Yague.

The Cross-Genre Prize was founded in 2001. Previous winners include Gina Saraceni, Roberto Martinez Bachrich, Arturo Gutiérrez Plaza, Diego Bautista Urbaneja and Andrés Stambouli.