Book World announces its winners

The 17th year of the Czech book fair, which took place between May 12 and 15 attracted 38,000 visitors in just four days. Several prizes were awarded during the event.



The Premia Bohemica Award, bestowed by the Writers‘ Guild to foreign Czech studies experts, went – same as the Jiří Theiner Prize – to Poland, namely to translator Andrzej Czcibor-Piotrowski. A writer and poet, Czcibor-Piotrowski was primarily honoured for his translation of Mácha’s Cikáni (Gipsies).

Another Polish literary figure to scoop an award – the Jiří Theiner Prize – at this year’s Book World was the translator Andrzej Sławomir Jagodziński for his contribution to Czech literature. Among others, he’s translated the likes of Hrabal and Kundera into Polish as well as having published a book of interviews with Czech exile authors and edited an anthology of prohibited Czech writers.

The acclaimed Jiří Orten Award for up-and-coming writers was given to Františka Jirousová for her novel Vyhnanci (The Outlaws). Jirousová is a PhD student at Charles University where she focuses on Christian philosophy.

The anti-prize given by the Association of Czech Booksellers and Publishers for the biggest evil-doer in Czech literature was bestowed to the Czech finance minister Miroslav Kalousek for his continuous dismissal of the preservation of a lower VAT rate on books.