BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year shortlists revealed

This year’s entries presented us with a fantastic array of themes and genres, and a plethora of fun children's books. I am also really thrilled that so many readers are sharing with bbc.ua their own reviews of the entries, offering a fascinating insight into Ukraine’s present-day literature."BBC Ukrainian Editor, Nina Kuryata
Date: 13.12.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.00
Category: World Service
BBC Ukrainian has announced the shortlists for its Book of the Year (Книга року BBC 2012) and Children’s Book of the Year (Дитяча Книга року BBC 2012) awards, which are presented in partnership with the Cultural Programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year 2012 shortlist is as follows:

  • The Red (“Червоний”) by Andriy Kokotyukha
  • The Biography of Accidental Miracle (“Біографія випадкового чуда”) by Tanya Malyarchuk
  • The Story of Roses, Rain and Salt (“Історія про троянди, дощ і сіль”) by Dzvinka Matiyash
  • Phone me, talk to me (“Телефонуй мені, говори зі мною”) by Yaroslav Melnyk
  • The Tango of Death (“Танго смерті”) by Yuri Vynnychuk

The BBC Ukrainian Children's Book of the Year 2012 shortlist is as follows:

  • Eight Days from the Life of Burunduk (“Вісім днів із життя Бурундука”) by Ivan Andrusyak
  • How Letters Were Found (“Як знайшлися літери”) by Svitlana Prudnyk
  • Guard Outpost (“Сторожова застава”) by Volodymyr Rutkivsky
  • The New Girl (“Новенька”) by Oksana Sayko
  • The Secret Society of Cowards and Liars (“Таємне Товариство Боягузів та Брехунів”) by Lesya Voronyna

Panel member and BBC Ukrainian Editor Nina Kuryata comments: “This year’s entries presented us with a fantastic array of themes and genres, and a plethora of fun children's books. I am also really thrilled that so many readers are sharing with bbc.ua their own reviews of the entries, offering a fascinating insight into Ukraine’s present-day literature.”

Panel member, writer and EBRD Cultural Advisor, Svitlana Pyrkalo adds: "By partnering with the BBC Ukrainian book awards, the EBRD Cultural Programme hopes to help Ukrainian readers - big and small - find books that will enrich their lives. The EBRD supports democratic, open societies, and those go hand-in-hand with bold, free arts and literature."

The two winning titles will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Library of the Kiev-Mohyla Academy on Tuesday 18 December. The winning author in each category will be awarded a Ukrainian hryvnya equivalent of £1,000. The publishers of the two winning books will have the right to use the logos of the BBC Ukrainian book awards on subsequent editions.

For more information about the awards and for the reviews, please go to bbc.ua.

For more information please contact: Lala Najafova lala.najafova@bbc.co.uk