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Petina Gappah Wins the Guardian First Book Award for An Elegy for Easterly

An Elegy for EasterlyPetina Gappah & Ann LuttrellAlert! Petina Gappah has won the £10 000 Guardian First Book Award for her acclaimed debut book of short stories, An Elegy for Easterly, it was announced by the newspaper yesterday.

Petina Gappah became only the second short story writer to win the award in its 10-year history, the first being Yiyun Li in 2006. Gappah’s collection of 13 stories, An Elegy for Easterly, tells of the lives of people, rich and poor, caught up in events over which they have little control.

The Guardian’s literary editor, Claire Armitstead, who chaired the judging panel, said she was thrilled to name Gappah as winner, particularly since 2009 is the year of the short story. There had been some wonderful first books, she said, and “Petina Gappah’s humane and disarmingly funny mosaic of life in Zimbabwe is undoubtedly one of the very best.”

BOOK SA extends heartiest congratulations to the author. Well done!

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Petina Gappah Wins the Guardian First Book Award for An Elegy for Easterly

An Elegy for EasterlyPetina Gappah & Ann LuttrellAlert! Petina Gappah has won the £10 000 Guardian First Book Award for her acclaimed debut book of short stories, An Elegy for Easterly, it was announced by the newspaper yesterday.

Petina Gappah became only the second short story writer to win the award in its 10-year history, the first being Yiyun Li in 2006. Gappah’s collection of 13 stories, An Elegy for Easterly, tells of the lives of people, rich and poor, caught up in events over which they have little control.

The Guardian’s literary editor, Claire Armitstead, who chaired the judging panel, said she was thrilled to name Gappah as winner, particularly since 2009 is the year of the short story. There had been some wonderful first books, she said, and “Petina Gappah’s humane and disarmingly funny mosaic of life in Zimbabwe is undoubtedly one of the very best.”

BOOK SA extends heartiest congratulations to the author. Well done!

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  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    December 3rd, 2009 @11:21 #
     
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    Delighted by this news. Was blown away by Petina's sense of fun and charm when she was out here earlier this year.

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  • <a href="http://richarddenooy.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Richard de Nooy</a>
    Richard de Nooy
    December 3rd, 2009 @11:32 #
     
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    Wonderful! Congratulations, Petina.

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  • Estelle
    Estelle
    December 3rd, 2009 @15:29 #
     
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    This is so exciting! Congratulations Petina. It's a boost for you, for your wonderful writing, for southern Africa and for the short story. I've had the privilege of hearing Petina read from the collection and it was superb: sad, funny, poignant, moving, convincing, transporting.

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  • <a href="http://liesljobson.bookslive.co.za" rel="nofollow">Liesl</a>
    Liesl
    December 3rd, 2009 @22:44 #
     
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    Wonderful writing. Very glad it's getting such a great reception.

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