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Tamas Dobozy shortlisted for international prize
Laurier’s Tamas Dobozy, associate professor of English and associate dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, has been shortlisted for the 2013 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.
Dobozy’s shortlisted book, Siege 13 (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2012), won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Award of Canada and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. The book is a collection of 13 short stories about the Siege of Budapest, when the Soviet Union’s Red Army invaded the Hungarian capital toward the end of World War II.
“This is the biggest award for short fiction in the world, and the fact that it’s international puts the book in some pretty incredible company,” said Dobozy.
The Frank O’Connor Award, named after the Irish writer, is open to any work of short fiction in English. Dobozy is the only Canadian writer on the shortlist. The other shortlisted authors include: Joyce Carol Oates for Black Dahlia & White Rose, David Constantine for Tea at the Midland and Other Stories, Deborah Levy for Black Vodka, Peter Stamm for We’re Flying and Claire Vaye Watkins for Battleborn. The winner of the Frank O’Connor Award, and its €25,000 prize, will be announced in July.
Siege 13 is Dobozy’s third collection of published stories. His previous book, Last Notes and Other Stories, won a Governor General’s Literary Award for English-to-French translation in 2007.