Oek de Jong and Anjet Daanje are among the last six contenders for the Libris Literature Prize of 2023. The organization will announce this on Monday.
Daanje’s bestseller The song of stork and dromedary won the Boekenbon Literatuurprijs last November. De Jong had a chance to win the Libris Literature Prize twice before and has been nominated this time for Man without a driver’s license.
Among the contenders are also Truthful descriptions from the permafrost by Donald Niedekker, Man is everywhere by Yves Petry, The event by Peter Terrin and Interim by Peter Zantingh. The six nominated authors each receive 2,500 euros.
The jury, chaired by Beatrice de Graaf, speaks of “an unquestionably comprehensive and surprising harvest”. “From the wide range of the longlist, we as a jury distilled a shortlist with titles that touched us, that after reading – for whatever reason – we could not just ignore. A shortlist that not only has the expressiveness and the beauty , but also expresses the magic of literature.”
The Libris Literature Prize will be awarded on 8 May in the Felix Meritis cultural center in Amsterdam. The winner receives 50,000 euros and a bronze medallion designed by Irma Boom.
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