Nominations for Premio de la Crítica 2013 announced

Premio critica novela 2013The Premio de la Crítica a la Novela for 2013, organised by Ficción Breve Venezolana, announced on 4 July 2014 its 17 contenders. The jury, comprising professors and researchers Violeta Rojo, Miguel Marcotigiano and Álvaro Conteras, will announce the winner, and up to five finalists, in September.

The novels in the running, in alphabetical order, are:
  1. Días de novenario, Inés Muñoz Aguirre, Bruguera
  2. El abismo de los cocuyos, de Mario Amengual, Bid &CO. Editor
  3. El buen esposo, Federico Vegas, editorial Alfa
  4. El hijo de Gengis Khan, Ednodio Quintero, Seix Barral
  5. En sueños matarás, Fedosy Santaella, Alfaguara
  6. Guararé, de Wilmer Poleo Zerpa, Ediciones B
  7. Jezabel, de Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles, Ediciones B
  8. La decisión justa, José Miguel Roig, Oscar Todtmann Editores
  9. La escribana del viento, Ana Teresa Torres, Editorial Alfa
  10. La luna envidiosa, José Miguel Roig, Oscar Todtmann Editores
  11. La víctima perfecta, Mónica Montañés, Ediciones B
  12. Las horas claras, Jacqueline Goldberg, Sociedad de Amigos de la Cultura Urbana
  13. Las topias de la invocación, Leoner ramos Giménez Ediciones B
  14. Óyeme con los ojos, Valentina Saa Carbonell, Ediciones B
  15. Por poco lo logro, de José Manuel Peláez, Ediciones B
  16. Procedencia desconocida, Antonieta Benítez Briceño, Bruguera
  17. Sábanas negras, Sonia Chocrón, Ediciones B

Read the original announcement from Ficción Breve here.

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El Universal Poll: The Books of 2013

Venezuelan daily newspaper El Universal carried out a poll of 23 writers, editors, critics, professors, publishers and general bookworms to decide on the top Venezuelan books of 2013. The only rule was that they could not vote for a book in which they were some way involved themselves.

The voters:

Albinson Linares, Andreína Melo, Andrés Boersner, Antonio López Ortega, Carlos Pacheco, Carmen Verde Arocha, Carolina Lozada, Diego Arroyo Gil, Diómedes Cordero, Freddy Ñáñez, Joaquín Marta Sosa, Luis Barrera Linares, Luis Moreno Villamediana, Luz Marina Rivas, María Alejandra Bello, Marialcira Matute, Melissa Nahmens, Michelle Roche, Nelson Rivera, Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, Roger Michelena, Valmore Muñoz Arteaga and Vicente Lecuna.

The winners, by genre:

Short Stories: La sombra inmóvil by Antonio López Ortega. The book which received most votes of any in the poll, Carlos Pacecho described it as ‘without competition’, and deserving distribution abroad.

Novel: La escribana del viento by Ana Teresa Torres. Editor Andrés Boersner called it Torres’ ‘most important fictional work of the last decade’

Poetry: Annapurna by Igor Barreto. Nelson Rivera, director of Papel literario called it ‘unexpected, distant and close at the same time’.

Essay: Derivas by Alejandro Sebastiani Verlezza. A literary diary full of ‘reflection, observation and intuition’.

Non fiction: Pasaje de ida by Silda Cordoliani. A compilation of testimonies from 15 Venezuelan writers living and working abroad.

Children’s literature: Taquititán de poemas by María Elena Maggi and Ana Carolina Palmero. An anthology of Venezuelan poems for children.

Read the full article at El Universal