Havana.-Children’s and youth writer Nersys Felipe received the National Literature Award for 2011 at a ceremony held at the San Carlos de la Cabaña Fortress as part of the International Book Fair Cuba 2012 currently underway in Havana.
The Cuban writer was granted the coveted prize for the work of her entire life as a novelist, short story writer and poet. The jury was headed by 2010 National Literature Prize winner, Cuban-Uruguayan novelist Daniel Chavarría, and made up of critic Zaida Capote Cruz, essayist José Antonio Baujín, and poets Georgina Herrera and Nelson Simón.
Jury members voted for Felipe, choosing among 18 contestants, for “the sustained quality of her work for children and youth, anchored in the deepest roots of Cuban culture, but in a dialogue with the best of the genre.”
Nersys Felipe has also won the prestigious Casa de las Américas Literary Prize. Her most popular books for children and youth are Cuentos de Guane, Román Elé and Corazón de libélula.