Eleanor Catton, the 28-year old winner of the 2013 Man Booker prize for her sophomore novel, The Luminaries, will be using the winnings from her most recent award toward a philanthropic goal.
According to The Guardian, Catton announced that she will be using the £7,500 winnings from the New Zealand Post Best Fiction and People’s Choice awards towards a grant that would afford writers the ability to read while writing. The requirement for the $3,000 grants would be to for the recipient to write a short non-fiction piece regarding what they are reading to be posted online for others to read as well.
“Writers are readers first; indeed our love of reading is what unites us above all else. If our reading culture in New Zealand is dynamic, diverse, and informed, our writing culture will be too,” Catton told attendees when she accepted the award.
Catton has garnered critical acclaim for The Luminaries, which also won Canada’s top literary award, the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.