online press conference were Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation on culture Vladimir Tolstoy, Deputy Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in the far Eastern Federal district Grigory Kuranov, a writer, a Deputy of the state Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Shargunov, the rector of Literary Institute. Gorky, the Chairman of jury Alexey Varlamov, a member of the jury, musician Alexander F. Sklyar and curator of the award Vyacheslav Konovalov.

Sergei Shargunov, a former President of the jury last (first) season of the award, recalled that one of the main dramas of the Far East is “depopulation”, which must be combated, including by drawing attention to the edge and the incredible potential of using literary prize. He also expressed the hope that will finally literary residence in which the writers could spend some time and then to reflect these experiences in their works.

His idea was picked up by Alexey Varlamov, Shargunov has replaced on a post of the Chairman of the jury. He recalled the appeal of Gogol “to proestetica” in Russia and offered to do the art-residence mobile – moving from one point to the huge Far East to another. In addition, the rector of literary Institute drew attention that, in his opinion, the award of Arsenyev is an example of the emerging “intelligent interaction between literature and the state”: it is organized by the custody of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation – Plenipotentiary representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the far Eastern Federal district Yuri Trutnev, and one nomination – for contribution to the development of literature of the Far East – the Plenipotentiary of the finances personally. And, according to Alexey Varlamov, is an essentially government contracts.

Grigory Kuranov said a few words of a fellow humanist: not an order, and position. Order involves the requirements specification, and here, of course, no TK can not be – everyone writes as he feels and in that genre, in what feels.

Vyacheslav Konovalov, “pierced” the idea of the award and leading the immediate organizational work, recognized that epidemiological situation, which already had to be cancelled in Vladivostok may festival Liter (Literature of the Pacific Russia), making adjustments, in particular, works to the competition act slower than last year. For which the deadline is extended from June 30 to July 30. The rest of the calendar prize changed: 30 September – announcement of the Long list, November 30 – Short, summing up – in the middle of December.

Vyacheslav Konovalov has also announced the jury of 2020. It is this: Vasily avchenko (Vladivostok) – writer, journalist; Andrey Astvatsaturov (St. Petersburg), philologist, writer, Director of the Nabokov Museum; Paul BassInskaya (Moscow) – critic, writer, columnist; Michael Wiesel (Moscow) – columnist, editor, translator; Alexander Dorofeev (Moscow) – writer, painter-restorer, Illustrator, otvetchik magazine “Murzilka”; Pavel Zhdanov (Magadan) – the chief editor of “Hunter”; Natalia Malanchuk (Vladivostok) – philologist; Rubanov, Andrey (Moscow) – writer, screenwriter Alexander F. Skliar (Moscow) – rock musician; Anastasia Strokina – writer last year’s winner of the award of Arsenyev in the category “children’s literature”.


the all-Russian literary award “the far East” to them. Arsenyev was created in 2019. It is awarded for the best works on the subject of the Far East, written in Russian, without reference to the place of residence of the author, in order to “attract cultural interest in the Far East as a territory of priority development in the XXI century”. The award has three major categories: long prose, short prose and prose for children. The winner in each category receives $ 500,000.

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