Building on the European Year of Youth, the event will take place under the overarching theme ‘Travelling with European authors’, as nominees share their journeys through Europe and their writing careers.
Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport will attend the event together with Sabine Verheyen, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament. Sonia Drage, Vice President of the Federation of European Publishers, and Jean-Luc Treutenaere, Co-President of the European & International Booksellers Federation will represent the organisers of the Prize.
Ahead of the event Commissioner Gabriel said:
I am very much looking forward to this beautiful event, which will take us on a different journey with each of the authors. And I am proud that we have been able to contribute to the promotion of contemporary European literature and to supporting the book sector since 2009 with the European Prize for Literature. Every year, the laureates’ work reflects the incredible variety in literary traditions and innovations Europe has to offer.
Iva Pezuashvili from Georgia, author of ‘A garbage chute’ won the2022 Grand Prix. 5 writers from Belgium (Dutch language), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ireland (Gaelic language), Spain and Ukraine have received a special mention. The Grand prix and the 5 mentions were announced at the festival du livre de Paris on 22 April.
About the European Union Prize for Literature
The European Union Prize for Literature is one of the many actions implemented by the Creative Europe programme to promote the European cultural and linguistic diversity to audiences across borders, in Europe and beyond. The competition is open to 41 countries involved in the Creative Europe programme.
The 2022 selection displays a great variety of languages, countries stories, and voices. It is a perfect illustration of what EU and creative Europe stand for: openness and support to cultural and linguistic diversity within and beyond EU.