Ali Smith, A L Kennedy and broadcaster Kirsty Wark are among the shortlisted authors competing for the Saltire Literary Awards 2014 [full shortlists below].
Backpage, Birlinn, Bright Red, Floris, Freight and Sandstone have all been nominated for the publisher of the year award, with the winner set to receive £4,000 to help develop its business.
Smith and Kennedy are both part of the five-strong shortlist for the literary book of the year award, the first time the prize has been given. Meanwhile, Wark will challenge for the first book of the year award for the novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (Two Roads). Recent Forward Prize winner Kei Miller will compete in the poetry book of the year award.
The winners of both awards, as well as the winners of the other categories, history book of the year and research book of the year, will all collect a £2,000 prize. The winner of each category will then compete for an overall £10,000 prize, sponsored by Creative Scotland.
Shortlisted authors were announced on Saturday (4th October) at the Wigtown Book Festival by the Saltire Society which organises the awards.
Saltire Society Executive Director Jim Tough said: “This year sees Scotland’s most prestigious literary awards become wider in scope and greater in impact through generous support from new sponsors Tamdhu Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Historical Review Trust. Once again, this year’s judging panel has been truly impressed by the quality and range of books to be considered for the 2014 shortlist. Ranging from poetry and plays to novels and non-fiction, extending the length and breadth of the country and far beyond, here is a wealth of contemporary literature written by Scots or inspired by Scottish culture, landscape and history."
The Saltire Society has done research into sales figures for nominated authors in previous years, showing that sales of books in 2012 shortlist saw 25% sales boost in the week after shortlisting, and a further 32% the week after.
Trough said: "Our analysis of the official figures also suggests that being shortlisted for these awards is very likely to pique the interest of the book-buying public and translate into a substantial increase in actual book sales.
“In publishing, we are fortunate to have a wealth of Scottish companies ready to innovate and adapt to the fast changing landscape of modern bookselling. Selecting a winner from this year’s shortlist will be a real challenge for the judging panel given the uniformly excellent pedigree of those companies shortlisted," he added.
The full shortlists are:
Publisher of the Year Shortlist:
Literary Book of the Year Shortlist
A L Kennedy - All the Rage (Jonathan Cape)
Anne Donovan - Gone Are the Leaves (Canongate)
Sally Magnusson - Where Memories Go (Two Roads)
Martin MacIntyre - Cala Bendita 'S aBheannachdan (Acair)
Rona Munro - The James Plays (Nick Hern Books)
Ali Smith - How To Be Both (Hamish Hamilton)
First Book of the Year Award Shortlist
Niall Campbell - Moontide (Bloodaxe Books)
Kate Horsley - The Monster’s Wife (Barbican Press)
Kirsty Logan - The Rental Heart (Salt)
Anneliese Mackintosh - Any Other Mouth (Freight Books)
Mary F McDonough - The Last Pair of Ears (Gadfly Editions)
Kirsty Wark - The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (Two Roads)
History Book of the Year Shortlist
Allan Kennedy - Governing Gaeldom: The Scottish Highland and the Restoration State, 1600-1688 (Brill, Leiden)
Richard Marsden - Cosmo Innes and the Defence of Scotland’s Past (Ashgate Publishing)
Steve Bruce - Scottish Gods: Religion in Modern Scotland 1900-2012 (Edinburgh University Press)
Michael Fry - A New Race of Men (Birlinn)
P Dennison et al - Painting the Town: Scottish Urban History in Art (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland)
Research Book of the Year Shortlist
Jim Crumley - The Eagle’s Way (Saraband)
Catherine Moorehead - The K2 Man (and his Molluscs) (Neil Wilson Publishing)
Murray Pittock - Material Culture and Sedition 1688 – 1760 (Palgrave Macmillan)
Iain J M Robertson - Landscapes of Protest in the Scottish Highlands after 1914 (Ashgate Publishing)
Robert McColl Millar, William Barras & Lisa Maria Bonnici - Lexical Change and Attrition in the Scottish Fishing Communities (Edinburgh University Press)
Bob Harris & Charles McKean - The Scottish Town in the Age of Enlightenment 1740 – 1820 (Edinburgh University Press)
Poetry Book of the Year Shortlist
John Burnside - All in One Breath (Jonathan Cape)
Jen Hadfield - Byssus (Picador)
Alexander Hutchison - Bones & Breath (Salt)
Kei Miller - The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet)
J O Morgan - At Maldon (CB Editions)
J L Williams - Locust and Marlin (Shearsman Books)
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