News - Literary Awards

News - Literary Awards

THE UNDYING by Anne Boyer
March 23, 2020

Anne Boyer, author of the acclaimed memoir THE UNDYING, has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction. The award comes with an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to support her writing. Farrar, Straus and Giroux published the book on September 17, 2019.

THE OLD DRIFT by Namwali Serpell
March 23, 2020

Namwali Serpell, author of THE OLD DRIFT, has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction. The award comes with an unrestricted grant of $165,000 to support her writing. Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.

WE CAST A SHADOW by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
March 10, 2020

WE CAST A SHADOW by Maurice Carlos Ruffin has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the largest peer-juried prize for fiction in the United States. The winner will be announced on April 6, and all five authors will be honored at the 40th anniversary PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony on May 4 at the Willard Hotel. One World published the book on January 29, 2019.

MORE THAN ENOUGH by Elaine Welteroth
March 3, 2020

Elaine Welteroth’s New York Times-bestselling memoir MORE THAN ENOUGH has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography. The ceremony was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2020. Welteroth has also been selected as the Cultural Ambassador for Michelle Obama’s organization When We All Vote, a non-partisan voting initiative that aims to increase voter turnout, particularly among young people, women, and people of color. MORE THAN ENOUGH was published by Viking on June 11, 2019, and will be available in paperback this spring.

EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
March 3, 2020

Ted Chiang’s "Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom" from his collection EXHALATION is a finalist for the 2019 Nebula Awards. The winners will be announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America on May 31, 2020. Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.

A SAND BOOK by Ariana Reines
March 3, 2020

Ariana Reines’ collection A SAND BOOK, which was longlisted last year for the National Book Award and praised by The New Yorker as “a psychedelic epic,” is now the winner of the 2020 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Given to one exceptional mid-career poet each year, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is one of the most prestigious prizes in poetry. Tin House published the book on June 18, 2019.

THE OLD DRIFT by Namwali Serpell
February 25, 2020

Namwali Serpell’s THE OLD DRIFT has been nominated for two Los Angeles Times Book Prizes: the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction. Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
February 25, 2020

De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s IN WEST MILLS has been nominated for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, one of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Bloomsbury published the book on June 4, 2019.

EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
February 25, 2020

Ted Chiang’s EXHALATION has been nominated for the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, one of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Knopf published the book on May 7, 2019.

ON THE COME UP by Angie Thomas
February 18, 2020

The In the Margins Book Awards committee has named Angie Thomas's ON THE COME UP one of their 2020 Recommended Fiction titles: "Set in the same neighborhood as Thomas’s THE HATE U GIVE, readers will connect with Bri’s coming of age story that addresses poverty, systemic racism, and the way society labels black youth." Balzer + Bray published the book on February 5, 2019.