Friday, December 15, 2017

Volovich's "Women and Monsters" selected as Book of the Year in Yekaterinburg

On Wednesday, Mikhail Matveev, Yekaterinburg's deputy head of administration, presided over the the Book of the Year ceremony at Yekaterinburg's Library Center, where Vitaly Volovich's "Women and Monsters" was selected.

More than 60 organizations and publishing companies collectively submitted approximately 2,000 books for consideration in this year's ceremony, Ekburg.ru reports.

Each of the books considered for naming in the either relates to the city of Yekaterinburg in its narrative or is authored by writers native to the Sverdlovsk region.

"I am very pleased that many books [considered this year were] devoted to childhood and adolescence," Matveev said during his welcoming remarks at the ceremony, according to Ekburg.ru. "These are books [of] our native Yekaterinburg. Yekaterinburg is positioned as an industrial and cultural center, but along with this our city is the center of publishing activities. Each book is the consumer. I am sure that nothing and no one book can ever replace. I express my gratitude to everyone who actively participates in the city competition."

The competition opens its submissions process each year in April. Once the titles are collected by competition organizers, they are adjudicated by a panel of literary judges.

This year's chief judge was Ural Federal University literary professor Yevgeny Zashikin, who was joined by literary critic Leonid Bykov and Sergei Ainutdinov, the chairman of the Sverdlovsk branch of the Union of Artists of Russia, Ekburg.ru reports.