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Latvian author named one of Europe's best

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Latvia's Janis Jonevs was named as one of the best young writers in Europe Wednesday and co-winner of a prestigious literary prize at the Frankfurt book fair, lsm.lv reports.

Jonevs received the award for his novel "Jelgava 94", published by Apgads Mansards, a coming-of age story set against the background of the grunge scene in the eponymous Latvian town, the European Commisison said.

Jonevs was named along with 12 other writers who each receive a cash prize of €5,000 and the chance to become better-known across the continent.

The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is open to countries participating in Creative Europe, the EU funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors. Each year, national juries nominate the winning authors.

“My warmest congratulations to the winners of the European Union Prize for Literature," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

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