By Nektaria Anastasiadou
An American-born traveler to one of Istanbul’s oldest communities receives an unexpected welcome in…Read more
After making the 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize short list last month, Nektaria Anastasiadou’s bestselling debut novel A Recipe for Daphne (Hoopoe, 2021), set among Istanbul’s Rum Orthodox Christians, received an honorable mention in the General Fiction category.
Founded at the start of the twenty-first century, the “Hoffer” honors the memory of the American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting freethinking writers, distinguished writing, and small publishers. It identifies a winner—with a grand prize of $2,500, a runner-up, and honorable mentions within eighteen categories. It has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.
“I am thrilled that A Recipe for Daphne was not only a finalist in this competition, but also received an honorable mention. I am grateful to the Eric Hoffer Award Committee for allowing entries from all over the world. The Eric Hoffer is one of the world’s few truly inclusive, English-language book prizes,” said Anastasiadou.
A Recipe for Daphne has been praised widely since it was first published in January 2021. The Chicago Review of Books said about the novel: “Istanbul comes alive through the nostalgic experiences of the people in Anastasiadou’s debut, A Recipe for Daphne, where she presents a thriving minority community that has endured unique trauma and repression . . . redemptive, powerful.”
A Recipe for Daphne has been shortlisted for the 2022 Runciman Award.