Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nam Le's The Boat Wins the Dylan Thomas Prize

The Guardian reports that the £60,000 (US$93,198) Dylan Thomas Prize honoring writers under the age of 30 was just awarded to Nam Le for The Boat, Le’s debut collection of short stories. Le was born in Vietnam, raised in Australia, and lives in New York. Likewise, Le’s stories travel the globe and are “set in locations from the streets of Tehran to a tiny Australian fishing village."

Peter Florence, chairman of the judges, praised Le:

Nam tackles his own background and circumstances as well as that of others with a clear eye, focused intelligence and wonderful use of words. … He is, in this panel's opinion, a phenomenal literary talent, and I look forward to following his career as it progresses.

1 comment:

Amy said...

I haven't finished all the stories, but they are pretty good.