The fifth iteration of the US$35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize goes to journalist Dawnie Walton for ‘The Final Revival of Opal and Nev.’
One debut is among the five shortlisted titles for the US$35,000 Aspen Words Literary Awards, focused on issue-driven fiction.
Now in its fifth award cycle, the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize names 16 books to its 2022 longlist, with a shortlist to come February 23.
In its fourth year, the 2021 Aspen Words Prize goes to Louise Erdrich for her fiction on the Native American struggle for self-determination.
The shortlist for this year’s Aspen Words Literary Prize features three novels and two short story collections.
The Aspen Words Literary Prize is focused on authors whose work deals in cultural relevance and contemporary conditions.
In a straightforward discussion, even the concept of inclusivity was called out for assumptions about diversity.
Aspen asks, ‘Why is the world of publishing so reluctant to offer Black writers the same major book deals typically offered to white writers?’
Seeking ‘transformative fiction’ on contemporary issues, Aspen Literary Prize director Adrienne Brodeur says that serious literature creates empathy.
The 2019 ‘The Beekeeper of Aleppo’ is by a daughter of Cypriot refugees and restates the still-young Aspen Words’ program’s internationalism.
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