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Inaugural Daphne Award winners announced

The winners have been announced for the inaugural Daphne Awards, launched by literary website Bookslut to reappraise the results of controversial book awards starting in 1963. The fiction award was presented to The Ice Palace (Tarjei Vesaas), the nonfiction award went to The Reawakening (Primo Levi), the poetry award went to Requiem (Anna Akhmatova), and Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back (Shel Silverstein) picked up the children’s literature award. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the Daphne Awards were launched in January with a call-out for Bookslut readers to nominate the best books published in 1963—the year that John Updike’s The Centaur won the National Book Award ahead of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Bookslut editor Jessa Crispin said at the time: ‘If you look back at the books that won the Pulitzer or the National Book Award, it is always the wrong book. Book awards, for the most part, celebrate mediocrity. It takes decades for the reader to catch up to a genius book, it takes years away from hype, publicity teams and favouritism to see that some books just aren’t that good.’

 

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