Three Nobels launch prize for Spanish-language woman writers.
Three Nobel laureates Winners of the Nobel Prize are scientists, writers and peacemakers who have been awarded in their field of endeavour, and who are known collectively as either Nobel laureates or Nobel Prize winners. threw their support Monday behind a prize to be awarded to Spanish-language women writers 35 or younger living in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. or Mexico.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez Gar·cí·a Már·quez , Gabriel Born 1928.
Colombian-born writer known especially for his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967). He won the 1982 Nobel Prize for literature. from Colombia, Toni Morrison Noun 1. Toni Morrison - United States writer whose novels describe the lives of African-Americans (born in 1931)
Chloe Anthony Wofford, Morrison from the United States and Seamus Heaney Seamus Justin Heaney (IPA: /ˈʃeɪməs ˈhiːni/) (born 13 April 1939) is an Irish poet, writer and lecturer who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. He currently lives in Dublin. from Ireland offered their support for the Aura Estrada Prize in memory of a Mexican writer who died in 2007 at age 30.
The authors won Nobel awards in literature in 1982, 1993 and 1996 respectively.
"Good causes must be supported. This prize has my full support," Garcia Marquez said as he announced the award at the Guadalajara Book Fair in western Mexico.
The first Aura Estrada Prize will be awarded at the book fair in 2009.
The award targets "women 35 years old or younger who are beginning their literary career and live in Mexico or in the United States, writing a fiction or non-fiction essay, short story or novel in Spanish," said Mexican writer Gabriela Jauregui.
Due to taxation concerns, the prize will only be awarded to women living in the United States and Mexico, "but since many young people from Colombia, Argentina and other Latin American countries List of American countries
The winner will receive $12,000 and win two-month residencies at three writers' colonies: Ucross in Wyoming, Ledig House in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , and Santa Maddalena in Tuscany, Italy.
Funding for the prize came from cash donations by such writers as Salman Rushdie. Others, including Italy's Umberto Eco, donated original manuscripts for auction.
Garcia Marquez donated a signed and illustrated copy of his autobiography "To Live to Tell It" that he hopes to auction for at least $2,500, Goldman said.
Dinners with a famous writer in New York are also being auctioned for at least $1,000, Goldman added. --AFP
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