We know the books nominated for the Hestia Kultura Literary Journey Award

The jury selected 5 nominated books from 83 entries. The winner of the Hestia Travel Literary Award will receive PLN 50,000. zlotys.

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The Hestia Journey Literary Award is presented for the second time to the author or author of a book for children and teenagers. In this year’s competition edition, five special and valuable books have been nominated. Among them were proposals from two writers from Gdansk. The laureate or laureate of the Award will be announced in September. He/she will receive PLN 50,000. And before that happens, we can meet the nominated artists at the Reading Open Air, taking place this Saturday at Hestia Park in Sopot.

Reviews of Books from the Tri-City

repeat that The purpose of the Hestia Literary Journey Award is to recognize the most interesting and valuable books for children and teenagers† The idea behind the competition is to promote classic forms in literature: novels and short stories that get a chance to stay in the canon of children’s and young adults’ literature for a long time. The first edition of the competition took place a year ago. She received the Hestia Journey 2021 Literary Award Katarzyna Ryrych for the novel Fri “Summer in Rhodes” (published by Nasza Księgarnia).

– The success of the first edition confirmed our belief that the quality of this literature builds a kaleidoscope of interests and shapes a young reader’s value system – he assures Piotr Maria Sliwickicchairman of the ERGO Hestia Group and chairman of the jury.
Read also: Hestia’s literary journey: “Summer in Rhodes” the best book for children and teenagers

83 requests from publishers from all over Poland

Publishers from all over Poland took part in this year’s edition of the Hestia Literary Journey competition 83 books† The jury selected five titles from this group that were nominated for the Award. The jury judged novels, short stories and graphic novels for children and teenagers aged 10 to 15originally written in Polish and first published in 2021. What was important to the jury?

– We emphasize the value of children’s literature and use its possibilities in education and intergenerational dialogue. In the book, the young reader finds answers to his own questions, complementary to his curiosity. The adult world needs the same thing, so if there’s one place where we can all be explorers, it’s definitely going to be literature,” he says. Magdalena Kąkolewskapresident of the Hestia Artistic Journey Foundation.
– Literature – in addition to providing entertainment and other emotional experiences – gives us language. This language is used to describe the rapidly changing world and yourself in this world, but is also used for conversation and dialogue. A language that does not serve the dialogue becomes an empty language. We need to remember this – not only in the context of adult literature, but also, and perhaps especially in the context of youth literature – adds Prof. Michał Rusinekchairman of the Wisława Szymborska Foundation.
Also read: Hestia’s literary journey – 50,000 zloty. for authors of children’s books

5 nominations, including two authors from Gdańsk

Nominations for the Hestia Journey Literary Award 2022 have been awarded to: Sasha Hady (Aleksandra Motyka), “Zefiryna and the Book of Charms”, Wydawnictwo Literackie; Roksana Jędrzejewska-Wróbel“State of Entanglement”, Wydawnictwo Literackie; Marcin Przewosniak“Killer dumplings. Mama w occie”, publisher Wilga / GW Foksal; Katarzyna Wasilkowskac “Al, al!”, Wydawnictwo Literatura; Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkalo, “Po tracach”, Hokus-Pokus publishing house. It is worth emphasizing here that no less than two nominated authors come from Gdańsk. These are Roksana Jędrzejewska-Wróbel and Katarzyna Wasilkowska.

Below you can read the nominated titles and the motivation of the jury.

“Zephyrine and the Book of Charms” by Sasza Hada (Aleksandra Motyka)

– “Zephyrine and the book of charms”, although it is a story about fairytale lands from the Seremac sea, it concerns all of us and happens in each of us. He talks about not succumbing to stereotypes and not succumbing to the pressures of the environment that wants to mold us to his imagination, because then we can lose our inner, unique voice.
“State of Confusion” Roksana Jędrzejewska-Wróbel

– “Confusion” does not moralize, but believes that moral behavior is usually an important act of courage. Three young heroes learn to surpass their previous ideas about the world, three old ones find new motivations to take on challenges. Challenges can be costly, but they make life meaningful. And as it goes with believable stories – they are both sad and happy, and scary and funny. That is, those who read make the most moving.
“Killer dumplings. Mama in vinegar” Marcin Przewoźniak

– Among the books nominated for the Hestia Literary Journey, we also have a classic detective story, written in a modern, youthful language, very funny, with accurate portraits of adults – eg TV celebrities pursuing a career, who have no time have for their own children. But also portraits of children – who live almost exclusively on the Internet. Applause for the humor, the language and the detective story!
“Well well!” Katarzyna Wasilkowskac

– “Al, al” is a story inspired by a true story about a smart, talented nine-year-old girl who, under the influence of computer addiction, turns into callous zombies trapped in a virtual fiction. The book by Katarzyna Wasilkowska, written in an accessible, without moralizing way, serves as a warning and a mirror for ‘wired’ children and ‘wired’ parents.
“After traces” Agnieszka Wolny-Hamkało

– It is well written, not obvious prose, not intoxicating readers and readers. He is very clear about the most pressing problems. Nowhere does it fall into the trap of intrusive didactics, but it resonates in people for a long time. He’s a bit like JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, a bit like Jim Jarmusch’s “Endless Vacation”. After Traces is a book about searching for darkness in a world polluted with an excess of light.

Also read about last year’s nominees for the Award

The jury and organizers of the Award

The jury of the Hestia Literary Travel Prize consists of: Piotr Maria Sliwickic – President of the ERGO Hestia Group, Micha Rusinek – writer, translator, lecturer at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University and president of the Wisława Szymborska Foundation, Katarzyna Kasia – Doctor of Philosophy, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Visual Culture Management at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Joanna Olech – author of books for children and teenagers and illustrator; Maciej Wojtyszko – film, theater and television director, writer, author of children’s books, playwright, professor at the Theater Academy in Warsaw and Magdalena Kąkolewska – chairman of the Hestia Artistic Journey Foundation.

In addition, in the second edition of the competition, the composition of the competition committee was added Krzysztof apinski – philosopher, translator, science journalist, science teacher, author of the book nominated for the LPH 2021 Award, entitled “Wild boar”. For example, the author of the books nominated in one of the previous editions is invited to the jury every year. He is the secretary of the prize Paulina Bandura

The winner of the Hestia Journey Literary Award will be announced in September this year. The author or author of the best title will be rewarded 50 thousand zloty† The Hestia Literary Journey Competition is organized by the Hestia Artistic Journey Foundation (organizer), the Wisława Szymborska Foundation (partner), and ERGO Hestia (patron and founder of the Hestia Literary Journey Award). More information about the competition and the nominees can be found on the website of the organizer.

This Saturday 25 June will take place Reading outdoors, where the authors of the books nominated in the second edition of the Hestia Literary Journey will be present. The event will take place in Hestia Park in SopotCardfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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