In the evening of May 31 presentation of already published four books of the winning works of “Orange Book Prize 2011” (“Dog constellation” (Narine Kroyan), “Bridge to Tanya: the extraordinary poet and the woman” (Violet Grigoryan), “Dream of the football ball” (Tatev Derzyan) and “Charents” (Vahram Martirosyan)) took place in “Bureaucrat” bookstore.
“Orange Book Prize is not a professional literary prize and does not tend to become such. It is a reader’s and book lovers’ prize. Today we are happy and proud to present the books of the winning works of the contest, which were recognized as such due to the work of the Jury of the contest and due to the interest and engagement of readers. During this period we did our best to boost interest in reading through public readings and discussions. The contest also enabled to reveal new and young talents as well as organize public discussions, which was also one of the key objectives of the contest,” said Bruno Duthoit, Orange Armenia CEO.
As a reminder, the contest was open to Armenian residents writing in Armenian and having presented a literary work never published in the past. A total of 130 literary works have participated. The winning work in each category has been published as a separate book, printed by quantity of 500.
In the result of the first stage Jury members should have choosen maximum four works in each category that have been presented to public vote in the second stage.
Per each category - fairy tale and screenplay/play only one literary work has been chosen by the Jury, which are already considered to be the winner. Winners in “essay”, “novel” and “short story” categories have been selected by on-line voting on Orange website: www.orangearmenia.am/book-prize where visitors have voted for their preferred works through Facebook by clicking the “Like” button.
The objective of the contest is to boost interest in reading, reveal contemporary Armenian writers, spread their works among large group of readers through the daily evolving electronic media, support beginner and already celebrated writers in publishing their not-yet-published works.
With this initiative Orange intends to join Yerevan in celebrating book and reading festival in 2012, when Yerevan will be the world book capital. Orange Book Prize has been organized and implemented in cooperation with Armenian Book Center NGO.
Orange Book Prize is an annual prize. The start of Orange Book Prize 2012 will be announced additionally. For more information please visit http://orangearmenia.am/book-prize/.