I gather that the Canadian writer, Alice Munro, has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. I’m not very familiar with her work, but several of the people I follow on Twitter are very excited about this, and she is only the 13th woman to win the prize in the 114 years of its existence. So, yay Alice, and well done people in Stockholm.
Meanwhile, across the water in Helsinki, the Finnish Literature Society has awarded their annual Aleksis Kivi Fund to Leena Krohn. This is only worth around £12,500, as compared to the £770,000 that Munro is apparently getting from the Nobel folks, but it certainly isn’t to be sniffed at, especially as the award is going to someone who very obviously writes “that weird stuff”.
Krohn’s work is something that I am familiar with. What’s more, I actually have her latest translated work in the bookstore. Datura: award-winning literature, and SF. Check it out.