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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Best Women’s Prize for Fiction Winner

Nigerian-born author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, won the Best Women's Prize for Fiction in 2007 for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun. Now, thirteen years later, she has been voted by over 8,500 readers as the top winner amongst all of the twenty-five women to have received this prize over the past quarter century.

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Louise Glück, American Poet Wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

It was announced today, that Louise Glück is the recipient of this year’s literature Nobel Prize.

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She is only the 16th woman to win this honor and also the first American since Bob Dylan in 2016.

She is professor at Yale University who teaches english and has published twelve collections of poetry, in addition to many essays on the topic of poetry. Her writing usually includes a look at childhood and family life.

Glück isn’t new to winning prestigious prizes, however. Her collection The Wild Iris, won her a Pulitzer in 1992, she won another the very next year for “Firstborn”, The National Book Award in 2014 and the National Humanities medal awarded to her by President Barack Obama.

In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 photo, President Barack Obama embraces poet Louise Gluck before awarding her the 2015 National Humanities Medal
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National Book Award Nominees of 2020

The National Book Awards has released the names of its 2020 nominees, including two acclaimed debut novelists: Megha Majumdar and Douglas Stuart, both their fiction novels taking on serious cultural themes.

Majumdar’s A Burning is about a Muslim girl trying to make it out of the slums and is accused of being linked to a terrorist attack on a train, and Stuart’s Shuggie Bain tells of the childhood of a young boy in 1980’s Scotland, growing up in the throws of poverty and drugs.

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Other novelists included on this list include Rumaan Alam for his work Leave the World Behind, and Brit Bennett for the novel that swiftly rose to popularity, The Vanishing Half.

Among the non-fiction authors nominated are Isabel Wilkerson for Caste, Jill Lepore for If Then, Claudio Saunt for Unworthy Republic and Frank B. Wilderson III for Afropessimism, a philosophical memoir and essay about how the Black experience is seen through the lens of slavery. The text Undocumented Americans also brought Karla Cornejo Villavicencio to the list with her honest memoir paired with extensive research into immigration.

 

 

The two short story collection nominees include the recently departed, Randall Kenan, for her collection If I Had Wings, and Deesha Philyaw for The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.

The finalists of this list will be revealed on October 6th, and the winners will be announced via a virtual ceremony on November 18th.

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Picture Book About a Trans-Child Wins A Major Award!

Today’s world can often seem extremely anti-LGBTQ, with society feeling oppressive toward people who fall outside the line of heterosexually. But there is still a lot of good news, especially with the recent news about the book called Julian Is a Mermaid.  

 

 

The book is a children’s picture book that tells the story of a young boy called Julian who comes to terms with his queer identity, showcasing his attempts at dressing in woman’s clothing and how his nana reacts to his attempts to embrace his new identity. The author and illustrator Jessica Love, who was partly inspired by a trans friend, never expected it to be published. After all, many U.K. and U.S. imprints are yanking books off shelves who have gay or trans protagonists, with children’s work a big victim of this unfortunate practice.

 

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On Sept 11, Jessica Love was proven wrong when her book won the much coveted Klaus Flugge prize. The prize goes to the most exciting newcomer in children’s book illustration and on Wednesday night, Jessica Love took it home. The judges called the book ‘astonishingly beautiful’ and were further quote as saying:

‘Julian Is a Mermaid reminds us that picture books can make us understand the world differently and better; that they are for everyone. It is a groundbreaking book.’

Love went onto note that the recaption had been mostly positive but there was some hostility toward her work for supposedly spreading the ‘gay agenda.’ She noted Julian is a Mermaid was drawn from her own personal life, with Julian’s nana based off her own queer role modes, her aunt and her aunt’s wife. She wanted a book that could provide the support she received to millions around the world.

 

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She is extremely humbled to win the prize and is now working on a sequel, again featuring Julian and his nana. She found the book’s success totally gratifying and paralyzing at the same time. She hopes to continue to give her characters further life, while hoping the success doesn’t overwhelm her. But with the amount of joy and praise she has received from the LBGTQ community, she is likely to continue to soar upward much like Julian himself.

 

 

 

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