Roger Shattuck Prizes for Criticism: Lila Azam Zanganeh and Marco Roth
Wednesday June 22, 2011
The annual Roger Shattuck Prizes for Criticism are devoted to the support and encouragement of emerging critics. Each year, two deserving critics receive this honor, which includes a $5,000 cash award. The Center for Fiction is extremely grateful to the Shattuck family for supporting the prizes, named in honor of Roger Shattuck, one of America's most provocative literary critics, essayists, and, for many, the most penetrating interpreter of Proust in our time. This year's award ceremony took place on June 22nd at 7pm. Our winners—Lila Azam Zanganeh (introduced by Adam Shatz) and Marco Roth (introduced by Keith Gessen)— shared their thoughts on receiving the award and on the state of criticism today.
Lila Azam Zanganeh was born in Paris to Iranian parents. After studying literature and philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, she moved to the United States to teach literature, cinema and Romance languages at Harvard University.
She is a literary contributor to Le Monde and has been published in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Nation, The Paris Review, and La Repubblica. In 2006, she edited a collection of narrative essays on Iran. Her first book, THE ENCHANTER: Nabokov and Happiness, will be published in 2011 by Norton in the United States, Penguin in England, L'Olivier in France, Contact in Holland, and L'Ancora del Mediterraneo in Italy. She is currently at work on a novel titled The Orlando Inventions.
Lila is fluent in six languages and serves on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee. She writes and lives in New York City.
Marco Roth is a founding co-editor of n+1 magazine, where he has written regularly on variety of subjects at the intersection of contemporary literature and "bio-politics," from the nostalgia for censorship to the ethics of cloning and the neurological turn in contemporary fiction. His essays have also appeared in The Nation, The Times Literary Supplement (UK), and The New York Times. His first book, the story of a family marked by AIDS and other unforeseen transmissions, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2012.
Photo of Lila Azam Zanganeh by Hank Gans, photo of Marco Roth by Mathieu Bourgois.