Icelandic author Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson’s book Aldingardurinn (Valentines), published in 2006, has been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. It is one of six shortlisted works. The EUR 35,000 (USD 48,000) prize will be awarded in Cork, Ireland, in September.
Ólafsson, a three-time novelist who is the former CEO of Sony Entertainment Interaction and Time Warner Digital Media, competes with British writer Simon Robson nominated for The Separate Heart, Etgar Keret from Israel for Missing Kissinger, Miranda July from the USA for No One Belongs Here More Than You, Charlotte Grimshaw from New Zealand for Opportunity and Manuel Munoz from the USA for The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue.
The winner will be announced during the closing ceremony of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival in Cork this September. The prize is the most valuable prize in the world for a short story collection.
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