The Portuguese writer Ana Luísa Amaral was distinguished by the association of Livrarias de Madrid with the Book of the Year award, in the area of Poetry, for the publication in Spain of “What’s in a name”.
Ana Luisa Amaral distinguished with Book of the Year Award
Spanish writer Juan José Millás, author of “Que Ninguém Durma”, received the 2020 Leyenda Award for his career, for his defense of books and reading. The book “What’s in a name”, by Ana Luísa Amaral, published in Portugal by Assírio & Alvim, was published in Spain by Sexto Piso.
The prizes, created in 2000 by booksellers in Madrid, also distinguished Elvira Lindo, in the area of fiction, for “A corazón abierto”, and Irene Vallejo, in the rehearsal area, for “El infinito en un junco”.
In the field of illustration, Kitty Crowther was distinguished for the album “Madre Medusa”, and, in comics or “comic”, Juanjo Guarnido and Alain Ayroles, for “El Buscón en las Indias”.
Published in 2017, in Portugal, ‘What’s in a Name’ transfigures small everyday acts into poetic moments of great voltage, vitality and depth.
In addition to the Spanish edition, with translation by Paula Abramo, ‘What’s in a Name’ is also published in English by WW Norton, in a version by the award-winning translator Margaret Jull Costa.
Last October, Ana Luísa Amaral had already received the Spanish literary prize Leteo, from the Direction of Action and Cultural Promotion of the city of Leão and Clube Leteo Cultural, joining previous laureates like Antonio Gamoneda and Paul Auster.
Born in Lisbon in 1956, Ana Luísa Amaral, poet, essayist, playwright, author of books for children and translator of authors like John Updike, was also a professor of English and American Literature and Culture, at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto.
She has a PhD on Emily Dickinson‘s poetry and her research areas are Comparative Poetics, Feminist Studies and Queer Studies.
His work has been translated and published in several languages and countries, having won several prizes, such as the Correntes d’Escritas Literary Prize, the Prize Letterario Poesia Giuseppe Acerbi, and the Poetry Grand Prize of the Portuguese Writers Association.
His poetic work is published in Portugal by Assírio & Alvim. The Livreiros de Madrid Prize, a sculpture signed by the artist Pep Carrió, will be presented to the writer in the week of December 14th.