RIGA, April 21 (LETA) - Latvian author Osvalds Zebris has won the European Union Prize for Literature for his novel In the Shadow of Rooster Hill (Gailu Kalna Ena), published for the historical novel series, We. Latvia. The 20th Century, according to the EU Prize for Literature website.
Zebris is one of the twelve winners of the 2017 EU Prize for Literature.
The EU Prize for Literature is an award which recognizes outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe, and highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature, while drawing attention to the continent's unique cultural and linguistic heritage.
Every year, expert national juries are set up in one third of the participating countries and appointed to nominate the winning authors according to specific criteria and following a selection procedure. Once selected, each of the twelve winning authors not only receives a cash prize of EUR 5,000, but more importantly, benefits from increased international visibility and cross-border promotion, starting at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels and continuing at Europe's major book fairs.
The EUPL is organized by the European and International Booksellers Federation, the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers, with the support of the European Commission.
European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics will present the twelve winning authors with their awards during a public ceremony on May 23 in Brussels.