Noémi Szécsi selected for European Literature Night

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The Finno-Ugrian Vampire, Noémi Szécsi’s first novel, has been selected to appear at the European Literature Night event on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 at the British Library. The judging panel was united in admiration of the novel, which will be published in October 2012 by Stork Press.

Szécsi was the first author to sign a contract with Stork Press. The fact that she decided to choose an unknown publisher was a huge mark of confidence in this new independent, specializing in fiction in translation. Renowned Hungarian specialist Peter Sherwood will translate the novel. The inclusion of The Finno-Ugrian Vampire in the in the European Literature Night event is an acknowledgment of European Literature Night event is an acknowledgment of Noémi’s brilliant imagination and Peter’s marvelous, sensitive translation of the book, which is a linguistic tour-de-force.

Noémi Szécsi: ‘The Finno-Ugrian Vampire, as a book, has had an adventurous fate so far, so I am rewarded to see my vampire novel resurrected in English in Peter Sherwood’s words.’

The book is scheduled for publication on 15 October 2012 with a book launch at the Manchester Literature Festival.

About the author:
Noémi Szécsi is the Hungarian winner of the 2009 European Union Prize for Literature. She is the author of four novels, and in 2011 she was awarded the state decoration ‘József Attila díj’ for her literary achievements. The Finno-Ugrian Vampire was voted the Best Book in Hungary in 2011.

About the book:
A young vampire returning from English school to Budapest fights against her fate, wanting to write stories for children rather than drink blood. But she has reckoned without her grandmother… This two-part novel tells a story of love, death and one girl’s passion to overcome her destiny, set against the backdrop of contemporary Hungary.

European Literature Night:
Now in its fourth year, European Literature Night London will take place at the British Library whilst being held simultaneously in around 20 capital cities across Europe and Asia on 16 May 2012. This international series of events is organised by Czech Centres around the world http://www.literaturenight.eu/2012/en/praha/homepage.

The British Library event will include readin The British Library event will include readingsgs and a short interview with each writer and a short interview with each writer. European Literature Night in London will be chaired once again by Rosie Goldsmith, a journalist specializing in arts and current affairs in the UK and abroad. Over 20 years working for the BBC, she has travelled the world and presented flagship BBC radio shows such as, Crossing Continents, Profile and Front Row. She speaks French, German and Italian and actively champions European literature.

Notes for the Media:
Rosie Goldsmith and all the writers wi Rosie Goldsmith and all the writers will be av ll be available for media interviews ailable for media interviews. In the first instance please contact sarah.sanders@speaking-volumes.org.uk to arrange this and for any other information regarding European Literature Night. For photographs of the writers and partner information, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/SpeakingVolumesLiveLiteratureProductions.

For more information please contact:
joanna@storkpress.co.uk or nancy@storkpress.co.uk