Two of the most talked about authors of 2018 are finding their names spoken once more, this time by Time Magazine.
Jesmyn Ward and Kevin Kwan, authors of Sing, Unburied, Sing, and Crazy Rich Asians respectively have been named on Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018 list.
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Ward, whose critically-acclaimed novel has won numerous awards including the National Book Award for Fiction, was listed under the pioneer category. As is tradition for Time‘s list, peers of the winners write congratulatory notes in celebration.
Of Ward, Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels wrote:
“Jesmyn captures the African-American experience with authenticity and nuance. She is a modern-day William Faulkner, painting tapestries of an America that has not been heard.”
Kwan, whose comedic novel challenged racial stereotypes, was nominated under the icon category.
Of Kwan, actress Constance Wu wrote:
“Kwan doesn’t focus on making Asians cool; he focuses on making our stories whole. The bits we’re proud of, the bits we try to hide, the tremendous heart that beats underneath it all.”
Time’s annual list celebrates the significant impact of individuals whose time is now, according to editor Edward Felensenthal. Though the selection process has garnered controversy since the first publication in 1999, and most recently with the inclusion of Donald Trump, it’s largely seen as an honor to those whose names are included.
In this case, the naming of Ward and Kwan is also an achievement for the literary world, as it further acknowledges the impact that written words, and the voices behind those words, can have on the world.
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