Russian Book Prize for books about Russia

November 28, 2012
Russian Book Prize for books about Russia

On 21st November Pushkin House based in London announced the inaugural Pushkin House Russian Book Prize, with the winner to be announced at next year’s Hay Festival. The annual award, sponsored by Waterstones, is designed to further public understanding of the Russian-speaking world, by encouraging and rewarding strong non-fiction writing on Russia, and promoting serious discussion on the issues raised.

The annual prize will be £5,000, supported for the first three years by Waterstones, the UK’s leading bookseller. The shortlist and winner will be decided by five judges, changing each year. The judges for the 2013 prize are:

Sir Rodric Braithwaite, former UK ambassador to Moscow, and author of books including Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979–1989 (Profile books).

Lord Skidelsky, emeritus professor of political economy at Warwick University, biographer of John Maynard Keynes, adviser to Russian companies and most recently co-author of How Much is Enough? (Allen Lane).

Rachel Polonsky, lecturer in the department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University, specialist in C19 and C20 Russian fiction, and author most recently of Molotov’s Magic Lantern (Faber and Faber).

Dmitri Trenin, head of Moscow Carnegie Centre, the leading think-tank, and author of many books on Russian defence and security policy, including Post-imperium: Russia and Its Neighbours (Carnegie Endorsement for International Peace).

AD Miller, writer at large with the Economist and its former Moscow bureau chief, and author of the Man Booker short-listed and Russian-based novel, Snowdrops (Atlantic Books).

Andrew Jack of the Financial Times, co-chairman of Pushkin House, a journalist with the Financial Times and author of Inside Putin’s Russia, said: “We are delighted to launch the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize with generous support from Waterstones. Russia is a rich source of culture that has inspired the world, but its creativity is often neglected in the headlines. Our aim is to encourage intelligent, popular writing and stimulate wider public discussion of the issues.”

Waterstones’ Managing Director James Daunt said “I am delighted that Waterstones can support the excellent work of Pushkin House in throwing the spotlight on some fine writing on a subject of endless fascination.”

The shortlist for the 2013 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize – which is for a popular non-fiction book in English on Russia or the Russian-speaking world first published in the UK during 2012 – will be announced in April 2013.

• Pushkin House Russian Book Prize is overseen by an advisory board including Andrew Jack, James Daunt, managing director of Waterstones; Ion Trewin, literary director of the Man Booker Prize; and Andrew Nurnburg, head of Andrew Nurnburg Associates, a leading literary agency.

• Only books published between 1st Jan and 31st December 2012 will be eligible for 2013. Closing date for submission is Friday 18th January 2013

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