Canadian authors Esi Edugyan and Emma Donoghue have made the long list for the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, announced on Thursday.
Edugyan is nominated for Half-Blood Blues, which won last year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for a number of literary awards, including the Man Booker Prize.
Donoghue is nominated for The Sealed Letter, which was released in Canada in 2008 but published in the U.K. last year. Donoghue’s novel Room was shortlisted for last year’s Orange Prize and won the 2010 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in Canada. It was shortlisted for a number of other awards, including the Booker.
Edugyan, who was also nominated Thursday for a B.C. Book Prize (competing against, among others, husband Steven Price’s Into That Darkness), was born in Calgary and now lives in Victoria.
Donoghue was born in Dublin and now lives in Ontario. She is listed on the Orange Prize website as an Irish author.
Other books on the long list include:
Island of Wings by Karin Altenberg (Sweden)
On the Floor by Aifric Campbell (Ireland)
The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen (U.S.)
The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Ireland)
The Flying Man by Roopa Farooki (Britain)
Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (U.S.)
Painter of Silence by Georgina Harding (Britain)
Gillespie and I by Jane Harris (Britain)
The Translation of the Bones by Francesca Kay (Britain)
The Blue Book by A.L. Kennedy (Britain)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (U.S.)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (U.S.)
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick (U.S.)
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (U.S.)
There but for the by Ali Smith (Britain)
The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard (Britain)
Tides of War by Stella Tillyard (Britain)
The Submission by Amy Waldman (U.S.).
“I am very proud of this year’s Orange long list,” said Joanna Trollope, Chair of Judges, in a statement. “It not only demonstrates the judges’ eye for quality, but is also evidence of the breadth of subject matter, and individuality of voice, in women’s writing today.”
The Orange Prize, open to female writers of English-language novels, was established in 1996 to celebrate and promote international fiction by women. The long list was announced on Thursday, to coincide with International Women’s Day.
Previous Canadian winners include Carol Shields for Larry’s Party (1998) and Anne Michaels for Fugitive Pieces (1997).
The short list will be announced April 17 and the winner May 30.