The best books of the year 2017 were selected and their authors were awarded at the Writers’ Union Awards Gala in Moldova, which took place on June 22, within the premises of the Writers’ House. The event was attended by writers, performers, film makers, plastic artists, political leaders and cultural personalities.
The awards were presented by the jury and by the Council of the Writers’ Union of Moldova. Thus, the award for the best poetry book was won by Eugenia Bulat for the volume “Foreigner’s Dialogues with Her Old Friend Alter”, the award for novel – Doina Postolachi for the volume “Ambroise” and the award for short prose – Anatol Moraru for the book “Point of View”.
In the essay, critique and literary history book category, Maria Pilchin took the award for the volume “Poetry, Eros and Power”, and in the category of literature for children and youth the award was wan by Petre Popa for the volume “Blaze of Eternity”. In the category of the translation book, Alexandru Vakulovski got the award for the volume “Elcin. The Head”, and in the category of journalism, Valentin Gutu took the award for the volume “Gone with the Titanic”. Elena Druta was the winner of the award in the category of the debut book for the volume “Being Picture”.
The Opera Omnia Award, presented by the Council of the Writers’ Union of Moldova, was won by the writer Paul Goma, and the award of excellence – by the writers Vasile Garnet and Nicolae Rusu. Writer Iurie Colesnic won the award “Cultural Relations”, and Igor Volnitschi – the award “Nizami” for translation. Andrei Turcanu and Nina Corcinschi won the award of the Council of the Writers’ Union of Moldova for the volume “The Book in Hamlet’s Hand”, and Irina Nechit – for the children’s book “Carousel of Spring” and Serghei Evstratiev – for the volume of satire “A Feast in Cusmaria”.
In order to support the creative and intellectual activity of Moldovan writers, the State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI) offered a money award to the writer Vasile Garnet. The award was handed over by AGEPI Director General Lilia Bolocan.
The journalist Lidia Popodneac was also presented the award of the Council of the Writers’ Union of Moldova for promoting cultural activities. The plastic artist Florentin Leanca was distinguished by the USM award for illustrating the magazine “Danya” in the Azerbaijani language.