Etgar Keret nominated for 2013 Warwick Prize

Organizers said this year’s longlist of 12 nominees demonstrates the uniqueness of the literary award.

Israeli author Etgar Keret is one of 12 writers vying for the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing, a ground-breaking literature prize that involves global competition and crosses all disciplines. Keret was nominated for his short story collection, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door.

Altogether there are 12 poets, authors and academics longlisted for the prize, which is given every two years for “an excellent and substantial piece of writing in the English language, in any genre or form.”

Nominees in the fiction field, in addition to Keret, include Australian Booker-prize winner Thomas Keneally for The Daughters of Mars, British writer Julian Barnes for The Sense of an Ending that won the Man Booker prize two years ago, India’s Amitav Ghosh for River of Smoke, and American writers Amy Espeseth for Sufficient Grace and award-winning Jonathan Franzen for Freedom.

Past winners include UK-based science writer Peter Forbes for Dazzled and Deceived in 2011 and Canadian journalist and social activist Naomi Klein for The Shock Doctrine in 2009.

Organizers said the winner of the $390,000 prize will be announced in late September.

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