Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns
has won the 2011 Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright Legacy Award
for nonfiction. The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award is given each year to African American writers who contribute "the highest quality writing in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry" in recognition of "the profound significance, necessity, and genius of Black writers and the stories they tell."
The Asian American Resource and Cultural Center at the University of Illinois–Chicago is sponsoring a free event
for author GB Tran
on Thursday, November 17 from 4-6pm. Tran will discuss his graphic memoir, Vietnamerica
, which chronicles his family's experiences before, during, and after the Vietnam War and their immigration to the United States.
Paul Clemens, author of Punching Out
and Made in Detroit
, has been awarded a 2011 Whiting Award
for his non-fiction work which "weaves history, economics, politics, past and present, all into a strong, forward moving narrative." The award, which comes with a $50,000 prize, has been given annually since 1985 to writers of exceptional talent and promise in their early career.
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