Nobel winner Tokarczuk to open new foundation for literature
Nobel prize-winner Olga Tokarczuk is planning to open a foundation to aid authors and translators of literature.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, the author said the foundation will be located in Wroclaw and will offer scholarships for writers and translators and educational programmes on literature.
She added that it will also function as an international contact and debate platform.
The foundation will be housed in a villa once owned by renowned Polish poet Tymoteusz Karpowicz.
Tokarczuk, a Polish novelist, poet and essayist, is the 15th woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She also holds the 2018 Man Booker International Prize.
Her main works include 'The Journey of the Book-People,' 'Primeval and Other Times,' 'Playing on Many Drums,' 'Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead,' 'The Books of Jacob,' and 'Flights,' for which she won the Man Booker International Prize.
Nike, Poland's top literary prize, was awarded to Tokarczuk in 2008 for 'Flights' and in 2015 for 'The Book of Jacob.'
It is the first Nobel Prize for Literature to be won by a Polish writer for 23 years and the fifth in all. Previously, Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska received the distinction in 1996.
Earlier, the Nobel Prize for Literature went to Polish writers Henryk Sienkiewicz in 1905 and Wladyslaw Reymont in 1924, and to poet, prose writer and translator Czeslaw Milosz in 1980.