2 December 2011

A book is a gift you can open again and again.

(Garrison Keillor)

Peirene’s Best 2011 Awards

Best Newspaper Quote: “Inventive and deeply affecting” Chris Schueler in The Independent about Peirene No 4, Next World Novella by German Matthias Politycki, translated by Anthea Bell.

Best Wine: Prosecco Treviso Frizzante. The Wine Society sponsors the Peirene Salon. Their bottles are outstanding each time. But this year’s prize goes to the sparkling wine served at the September Salon with Austrian author Alois Hotschnig. Stylish with a lovely biscuity feel.

Best Peirene Fan: Olivia Heal. She blogs about our books, she attends the Peirene Salon, she subscribes to Peirene AND sells the books in her bookstore. What a woman!

Best Nails: Maddy’s. Always beautifully manicured and painted in gorgeous colours. Meike would love to have them. The Nymph is so jealous, she can’t even bear to look at them.

Best Nymph Picture: Fashion illustrator’s Badaude’s image of the Nymph on a poster series for the US online fashion retailer 203040. Spot on. The Peirene Ladies are deeply flattered.

Best Soup: Covent Garden’s Plum Tomato & Basil Soup. On Tuesdays Peirene & Co gather around the kitchen table: Meike, Maddy, a Peirene Intern & the Nymph. The fresh uplifting taste of Tomato & Basil adds the perfect touch to a happy working lunch.

Best Christmas Present Ever: Peirene’s 2012 subscription. Just can’t get better. Order now online and you will receive every four months a beautiful book. The first title of our Small Epic Series, The Brothers by Finnish Asko Sahlberg, will arrive at your door step just in time for Christmas.

Best Peirene Moment: The Nymph’s future as a film star. A BBC film director contacted Meike after hearing about our books. They had a meeting. He is now looking at four of the titles. Peirene, in the meatime, is taking acting lessons to prepare for an audition in the lead role.

Best Cook: Meike (actually). Dutch author Jan van Mersbergen came to London for the launch of Tomorrow Pamplona. He was thrilled, especially by Meike’s stew and announced it on twitter: "@peirenepress a great publisher and a cook of fantastic stews."

Best Bookshop: Clerkenwell Tales, run by Peter Hoe. Peter sells our books, individually and in series. He also kindly agreed to be a judge for this year’s PeiShoStoMo – Peirene’s 900-word short story competition. His impeccable literary taste ensures that his shop sparkles like a rare gem in a world with an ever diminishing number of bookshops.

And the best of The Best is still to come: Our special Christmas Salon on the 10th of December with British poet David Harsent. David’s latest collection Night is short listed for the Costa Prize and the T.S. Eliot prize. Wine, Dinner and Whisky will be served. Only a few tickets left. To book click here.

A very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

The Peirene Ladies