Belletrista Blog

Archive for May, 2011

The shortlist for this year’s Caine Prize has just been announced and three women are in the running for the prestigious award. This is always an exciting time of year – the Prize is a great way to discover short stories by excellent writers. Lucky for us, the Prize’s website links to a copy of each story so you can play the judge and decide who you think should win.

Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo has been nominated for her story ‘Hitting Budapest’. You can read a brief interview with Bulawayo here.

Beatrice Lamwaka from Uganda has been shortlisted for ‘Butterfly Dreams’,

Lauri Kubuitsile’s ‘In the Spirit of McPhineas Lata’ is the third female-authored story on the shortlist. You can read Lauri’s blog, Thoughts From Botswana, here.

The winner will be announced on 11 July 2011.

Posted by Char

Another new issue of Belletrista has been published – Yay!!

I was absolutely fascinated by the interview with Professor Michael Nayden about writing by Ukrainian women. It’s sounds like there’s a wealth of wonderful books just crying out to be translated. I’ve printed out the featured story, Canus Lupus Familiaris by Tanya Malyarchuk to read on my journey to work tomorrow.

The conversation about Annabel by Kathleen Winter is really interesting, particularly the discussion on how readers react differently to inaccuracies in a story (in this case about a medical condition).

I think I’ll be reading the reviews and adding to my wishlist all week!

Posted by Char