Everyday Saints voted most popular book
Moscow, November 27, 2012
The original Russian version of
Everyday Saints and Other Stories by
Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) has won the most votes
in Russia’s highly prestigious “Big
Book” literary award for poll for the most
popular book. The award ceremony took place on Tuesday,
November 27 in Moscow.
Readers in Russia were invited to vote for their favorite
book out of fourteen finalists on the website,
Bookmate. The readers were given an opportunity to
freely access the text of the book on the site and read it
before they entered their vote.
There were two first place awards given by “Big
Book”—one determined by a jury, the other by
popular vote. The jury chose My Lieutenant, a World
War II novel by Daniel Graninu, while an overwhelming
majority of readers chose the book of stories by the Abbot
of Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery, Archimandrite
This is the second major award earned by Everyday
Saints in 2012. In September, it won the “Book
of the Year Award” for best prose, also by a wide
margin. The book became a runaway bestseller from the time
of its release in late 2011, with over a million copies
sold. Just a week before the “Big Book”
laureates were announced, Archimandrite Tikhon in an
online conference stirred even greater enthusiasm among
his readers when he confessed that he would not be against
writing a sequel.
The English version of Everyday Saints was
released on October 1, 2012 by Pokrov Publications.