Two NWS members are on the EMBA shortlist: NWS founder and patron Jon McGregor for This Isn’t the Sort of Thing that Happens to Someone Like You (Bloomsbury), and Alison Moore for The Lighthouse (Salt). The winner will be announced at the start of the Oakham Festival, at Barnsdale Lodge, Oakham on 20 June 2013, and will receive a cheque for £1000.
Other writers on the shortlist include Jonathan Taylor for Entertaining Strangers (Salt) and Graham Joyce for Some Kind of Fairy Tale (Orion). The judges who arrived at the shortlist are Mel Read, member of Leicester Writers Club and former MEP, and Robert Gent, Treasurer of the East Midlands partnership for library and information services.
The chair of the judges, who will join them to decide the winner, is celebrated crime writer John Harvey.
Trustee Jane Streeter, who runs independent bookshop The Bookcase in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, said:
‘This is a really strong and exciting shortlist which gives booksellers and librarians a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and promote regional writing. We are incredibly lucky to have this award on our patch, and I hope we can create some great events around it. It is so important for bookshops and libraries to connect with their local authors, and the East Midlands Book Award provides a fantastic platform for us to do that. I am very much looking forward to sharing these books with our customers and our reading groups, and to spreading the word about the richness of our region’s literary scene.’
For a full list of nominations go to www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/awards.
This year’s East Midlands Book Award is sponsored and supported by Barnsdale Lodge and Hambleton Hall, both in Oakham, and Gardners Books Ltd.