The Jewish Book Council has announced that Sana Krasikov will be awarded the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature for her debut short story collection, One More Year. The honor carries a cash award of $100,000. The awards committee cited Krasikov for her "fresh vision and evidence of future potential to further contribute to the Jewish literary community."
One More Year offers portraits of Russian and Georgian immigrants to the US in the post-Cold War period. The judges said Krasikov offers "subtle considerations of moral conundrums, of futile hopes and the calculus of lost possibility."
The Sami Rohr Prize is the largest monetary prize of its kind in the Jewish literary world. It considers fiction and non-fiction in alternating years. Krasikov will be honored at a gala ceremony in May at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York.
In addition, the Jewish Book Council named Dalia Sofer, author of The Septembers of Shiraz, as the 2009 winner of the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award, which carries a $25,000 prize.