Laima Kota (previously Laima Muktupāvela, born Vucina in 1962) is a Latvian prose writer. Currently Laima is publishing under her married name Laima Kota. She graduated from the University of Latvia in 1989 with a degree in History. Kota has had a wide variety of professions from manual jobs to modelling at the Art Academy of Latvia, and writing and editing for "Latvijas Avīze" newspaper and "Karogs" magazine. Her creative work was first published in 1993. Her widely read work Šampinjonu Derība/ The Mushroom Testament was one of the most popular books of its decade and received the Annual Latvian Literature Award in 2002. Laima Kota works in a wide range of styles, and her books demonstrate this diversity in magical realism, in her historical, biographical and documentary prose and well received children's literature. Her latest novel Istaba/ The Room has been published as part of the We. Latvia. The 20th Century historical series in 2016.
Istaba [The Room]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2016.
Mierielas vilkme [The Lure of Miera Street]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2016.
Matilde un Terēze jeb kā būt Te, Tur un Citur [Matilda and Theresa, or How to be Here, There and Elsewhere]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2013.
Mana turku kafija [My Turkish Coffee]. Riga: Dienas grāmata, 2012.
BrāliBrāli: balsu burvji brāļi Kokari [BrotherBrother: The Wizards of Voices – Kokari Brothers]. Riga: Dienas Grāmata, 2008.
Totēmi [Totems]. Riga: Jumava, 2007.
Mīla. Benjamiņa [Love. Benjamin]. Riga: Daugava, 2005.
Cilpa [The Loop]. Riga: Karogs, 2003.
Patiesu dzīves stāstu ducis [A Dozen of True Life Stories]. Riga: Daugava, 2002.
Šampinjonu Derība [The Mushroom Testament]. Riga: Daugava, 2002.
Books to fall for
The Room (Istaba)
Laima Kota’s novel Room offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of Latvians thirty years ago, when Soviet power was in the process of abetting the country’s rapid economic collapse. However, the political climate suddenly shifted in favour of the basic human desire to live in prosperity, and the Soviets declared Perestroika. In her new work, Kota employs those styles characterising various genres which, as a writer, she adores, such as burlesque and the absurd thriller, farce and heightened realism. In doing so, she succeeds in extracting the very essence of the era from the memories of those who lived through those times, concluding that in view of all we experienced during Soviet rule, we are extremely well-equipped to cope with the trials and tribulations the 21st century might throw at us.
Nominee for the Annual Latvian Literature Award 2016
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Laima Kota's New Book Published // LTV,LV [LV]
Laima Muktupāvela, artist's profile // The Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia [LV]
Laima Muktupāvela, encyclopedia entry // Letonika.lv [LV]
Laima Kota-Muktupāvela, Matilda and Theresa, or How to be Here, There and Elsewhere // Annual Latvian Literature Award, laligaba.lv [LV]
Laima Kota, BrotherBrother: The Wizards of Voices – Kokari Brothers // Jānis Roze publishing house website [LV]Reviews
Laima Kota: Istaba / The Room, about the novel // Satori.lv [LV]
Dace Sparāne-Freimane, Gundega Blumberga, about Mierielas Vilkme/The Lure of Miera Street // Dienas Grāmata publishing house website [LV]
2009, Eduards Veidenbaums Literary Prize for BrotherBrother
2003, Magazine "Karogs" and R. Gerkens Competition award for the thriller "The Loop"
2002, the Annual Latvian Literature Award for Best Prose for The Mushroom Testament