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Throughout the years, many of the prize-winning works have become classics of the continent’s literature; thus, each year’s announcement creates great expectations among the public, who also have the opportunity to attend collateral activities programmed during the event. The jury usually sessions in the city of Cienfuegos, where its members hold lectures and readings of their works.
Prizes for unpublished works in the genres of novel, poetry, and essay on a historic-social theme, and literature for children and teenagers will be given out during the 56th Casa de las Américas Literary Award. A Prize for Literature in the United States will also be granted this year.
Casa de las Américas will also pay homage to Julio Cortáza, Argentine novelist, short story writer and essayist, who is considered one of the most innovative and original writers of his time.
2014 Premio Casa de las Américas
Prizes for unpublished works in the genres of short story, theater and essay were presented during the 55th Casa de las Américas Literary Award. A Prize for Studies on Women was also granted this in 2014. Authors from the English speaking Caribbean also participated with works written in English or Creole and published in those languages from 2012-2013, as well as nonfiction Brazilian works written in Portuguese and published in that language from 2010-2013.
Casa de las Américas also gave out three honorary prizes—the José Lezama Lima Prize for Poetry; the José María Arguedas Prize for Narrative; and the Ezequiel Martínez Estrada Prize for Essay. The prizes were awarded to significant works written by a Latin American author, whose first editions were published in Spanish from 2011 to 2012.
Winners of the 2014 Premio Casa de las Américas:
Cosas peores by Margarita García Robayo (Colombia)
Blanco con sangre negra by Alejandro Román Bahena (Mexico)
Prize for Essay on an Artistic and Literary Theme:
José Lezama Lima: estética e historiografía del arte en su obra crítica by Carlos Orlando Fino Gómez (Colombia)
Marighella: o guerrilheiro que incendiou o mund by Mário Magalhães
Fear of a Black Nation – Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal by David Austin (Jamaica)
Prize for Studies on Women:
La loca inconfirmable. Apropiaciones feministas de Manuela Sáenz by Mariana Libertad Suárez (Venezuela)
José Lezama Lima Prize for Poetry:
Explicaciones no pedidas by Piedad Bonnett (Colombia)
José María Arguedas Prize for Narrative:
Arrecife by Juan Villoro (Mexico)
Ezequiel Martínez Estrada Prize for Essay:
Che Guevara y el debate económico en Cuba by Luiz Bernardo Pericás (Brazil)
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