I have updated the Diverse Book Awards page with some recent winners, and in the process added a whole bunch of books to the list of books I can’t wait to read!
First up, the 9mobile Prize for Literature is an award that “celebrates new writers of African citizenship whose first fiction book was published in the last twenty-four months”. The previous winner was Jowhor Ile, for his book And After Many Days. The new short list includes some wonderful books:
2018 9mobile Prize for Literature Shortlist
Stay with Me by Nigeria’s Ayobami Adebayo
Asylum by Marcus Low from South Africa
Interesting Recent Book Winners
The Book of Safety by Yasser Abdel Hafez, translated by Robin Moger
This book won the The Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, and I wanted to share it for two reasons. First, the cover is amazing, and second, the book description is totally intriguing.
“Khaled transcribes testimonies at the Palace of Confessions, a shadowy state-run agency situated in a respectable Cairo suburb. There he encounters Mustafa Ismail: a university professor turned master thief, who breaks into the homes of the great and the good and then blackmails them into silence. Mustafa has dedicated his existence to the perfection of his trade and authored The Book of Safety, the ultimate guide to successful thievery. With cool and incisive prose, Yasser Abdel Hafez follows Khaled into obsession with this mysterious book and its author.”
The Break by Katherena Vermette
Katherena won the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit & Métis Literature, which I have highlighted although it is a young adult prize because it isn’t found on some of the more common diverse children’s book lists. (Also, if you are looking for other young adult books by Native authors now that Sherman Alexie is a questionable choice, this is a great place to start!) This book also has quite the cover, and it was described as “a powerful intergenerational family saga” about the Metis, police, and community in Winnepeg, so I was hooked.
It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura
This is the final recent award winner I want to highlight, and I chose it because of its intersectionality. It won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in the Young Adult Category, but it is so much more! This book is a LBGTQ story, the story of two young women of color, and a young adult novel, and I am really interested in it. This may be a great choice for a young woman in your life.
I hoped this snapshot has piqued your interest in some new books, and if you want more, you can find a longer list of book awards here.