1. Awarded by the City of Prague and named after X. This award is disrespectful to X’s memory, according to one wag. Ideally the recipient should not know what the prize is, or why it has been given to him. Name the prize.
2 This is the 1991 Booker short-list: Martin Amis » Time’s Arrow Roddy Doyle » The Van Rohinton Mistry » Such a Long Journey Timothy Mo » The Redundancy of Courage William Trevor » Reading Turgenev Who won? What did this short-list cause?
ANSWER Ben Okri, The Famished Road. The all-male line-up apparently inspired Kate Mosse to found the Orange Prize.
3 The prize is split into three levels--Gold, Silver and Bronze. The awards of 1997, 1998 and 1999 resulted in a phrase becoming part of the noise around a marketing sensation from those years. The phrase could have confused the uninformed because it sounded like a separate prize. We can all breathe easy now because the sponsors and the organisers decided to part ways in 2008. The consumers themselves voted--over a million of them during the 23 years for which the prize was awarded. What prize? What phrase?
ANSWER The Nestle Smarties Prize, “Triple Smarties Winner, JK Rowling”.
4 Which ceremony once included the Henrietta Awards for most popular film-star, male and female, and a lifetime achievement award named after Cecil b De Mille?
5 This historical island has had, since 1962, and again since 1984 after a hiatus, a literary prize named after itself. It is normally given to a work of fiction by an Italian author. Which island?
6 In 1998, the scope of the prize was enlarged to include non-fiction, and so the prize went through a small name-change. The first winner of this ward was a book on the Rwandan massacres. Other notable winners include Alex Ross for The Rest is Noise , Jonathan Safran Foer for Everything is Illuminated , and Chris Ware for the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth . Name this prize, instituted by a newspaper.
7 Established in 1935 and named in tribute to one of the masters of the short story in that language, this prize consists of a million in prize money and a pocket-watch. It is given twice a year, and always to the author of a short story of a purely literary nature. What prize? The author was famous for a story told from multiple perspectives.
ANSWER The Akutagawa Prize. Named after Ryonosuke Akutagawa whose In a Grove inspired Kurosawa’s Rashomon
8 He established a weekly newspaper in France during the days of the Duc de Richelieu, titled Le Gazette . He also did a bunch of other firsts--such as the first pawn-shop in Paris, and the first treatise on diagnosis in French. How has his name found new immortality since 1926?
ANSWER Theophraste Renaudot, in whose name a twin to the Prix Goncourt was thought up. By critics waiting at the Café Drouant for the Goncourt jury to announce its decision
9 The city of Uji is the setting for the last few chapters of what many see as the world's first novel. This has resulted in this nondescript city near Kyoto receiving many tourists. They set up a museum in honour of that book and later instituted a prize for significant work by a woman writer. What prize? Which work?
ANSWER The Murasaki Shikibu Prize, named after the author of The Tale of Genji.
10 This restaurant which takes its name from these statues, awards a literary prize. It once counted Oscar Wilde, Max Ernst, Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Saint Exupéry, Hemingway and Umberto Eco among its regulars. To quote their website, “As in bygone days, the traditionally prepared hot chocolate, made by melting bars of chocolate in milk, is brought to the tables”. They’ve opened branches in Japan and the Middle East. They now award a similar prize in Japan. Who?
ANSWER Les Deux Magots. The prize is simply called Prix les Deux Magots.
11 In her memoir What to Look for in Winter , Candia McWilliam records how she dealt with blepharospasm, a condition marked by abnormal twitching of the eyes which left her near-blind for over two years. What caused this episode?
ANSWER She was on the jury for the Booker Prize, and reading the 100-odd books that came in for consideration triggered the condition.
12. His representation of the structure of the psyche, built near Lake Zurich, inspired the name for a foundation set up in his honour. The foundation sponsored a poetry prize which ran into controversy in its very first year. The award was given in 1948 to someone who was persona non grata on account of his sympathies during World War II. This changed the nature of the prize—the US Congress disallowed Library of Congress fellows, the original jury, from being associated. It is now awarded by Yale University. Who? Which prize? What was the controversy about?
ANSWER Carl Gustaf Jung built the Bollingen ‘Tower’. The Bollingen Foundation, a group of his admirers, set up a Poetry Prize—named the Bollingen Prize. It ran into trouble after the jury awarded the first one to Ezra Pound who was in jail for his support of Fascist Italy.
13. This Cambridge University prize was awarded to the economist Arthur Pigou, Tennyson (for a poem titled Timbuctoo ), and Macaulay (for Pompeii ) while they were students. What prize? What is its more well-known Oxford University equivalent?
ANSWER The Chancellor’s Poetry Medal. The Oxford University equivalent is the Newdigate Prize.
14. Naipaul won it for Miguel Street while Alice Albinia won it for Empires of the Indus . It comes from a fund set up in 1947 to enable young writers to enrich their work by gaining experience of foreign countries. Prize money totalling £1,000 is awarded annually to British authors under the age of 35 for a published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The prize money must be used for foreign travel. Which prize / Who set it up?
ANSWER Somerset Maugham. The prize is known by his name.
15 Raul Leoni created this prize, now worth US$144,000, by presidential decree. The prize was named in tribute to one of his predecessors. Name the country which gives this award in tribute to a former president, and the first winner of the prize in 1967.
ANSWER The Romulo Gallegos Prize and Mario Vargas Llosa.
16 It takes its colour from the presence of saffron among its ingredients, and its name from the local word for witch. This liqueur, produced in Benevento, Italy, also lends its name to a literary prize set up in 1947 which has been given to Alberto Moravia, Primo Levi and Umberto Eco. The prize has its origins in a Sunday afternoon literary gathering that Guido Alberti, owner of the brand, was part of. The prize is still decided by that now much larger group of people. Name brand/prize.
17 This French literary prize, established in 1994, takes its name from the other famous Paris café. “ Its mission is to crown a young author to promising talent. The selection criteria are originality, modernity and youth. The jury is composed of journalists and is distinguished by its independence, its freedom, its insolence”, if Google Translate is to be believed. The winner, gets, in addition to some money, a privilege that might make French writers compete harder for this particular prize. What prize? What privilege?
ANSWER The Prix de Flore, instituted by the Café De Flore, Paris. The winner earns , apart from money, the privilege of drinking a glass of Pouilly-Furness wine every day for that year at the Café de Flore. They will also inscribe the laureate’s name on the glass.