Von Reinhold wins Republic of Consciousness award for ‘Lote’


In the UK, Shola von Reinhold and Jacaranda Press this year won the Republic of Consciousness Award for Small Presses for von Reinhold’s debut novel. Lot, report it Bookseller.

Von Reinhold’s novel explores the central character Mathilda’s obsession with the creative circle known collectively as the Bright Young Things of the 1920s, culminating in her discovery of a forgotten black Scottish modernist poet. Lot was published as part of # Twentyin2020, Jacaranda’s plan to publish 20 books by black British authors in 2020, and has since been shortlisted for the James Tait Black Award.

Judge Guy Gunaratne called Lot a “dazzling novel”. “ Both a seriously funny novel rich in intrigue and suspense, it is also an indictment and a powerful decolonial response to historical and contemporary attempts to preserve art and art history in the calcified mold of European conservatism, ” Gunaratne said.

Von Reinhold’s novel won a selection with A ghost in the throat (Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Tramp Press), Men and apparitions (Lynne Tillman, Peninsula Press), The Mermaid of the Black Conch (Monique Roffey, Peepal Tree Press) and A musical offering (Luis Sagasti, translated by Fionn Petch, Charco Press).

Each shortlisted book received a total of £ 3,000 (A $ 5,480), split between publisher (66%) and author (33%). Von Reinhold receives an additional £ 1,000 (A $ 1,830), while Jacaranda Books receives an additional £ 2,500 (A $ 4,570).

The award, which was launched in 2017, recognizes ‘brave, daring and brilliant’ literature from small presses in the UK.

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