Announcing Kimbilio’s Book Prizes!

Announcing Kimbilio’s Book Prizes!

Kimbilio is proud to announce an incredible addition to our programming. Partnering with our friends at Four Way Books and Braddock Avenue Books, Kimbilio will be awarding two annual publication prizes.

Published by Four Way Books, The Kimbilio National Fiction Prize will be a celebration and affirmation of the best in contemporary fiction. 2017 judge Edwidge Dandicat will make the final selection of an outstanding novel or collection of short stories, which will be published in the spring of 2019. The competition is open to writers of the African Diaspora.

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Congratulations to 2015 Kimbilio Faculty Member Angela Flournoy

Congratulations to 2015 Kimbilio Faculty Member Angela Flournoy

Angela Flournoy wins VCU Cabell First Novelist Award for ‘The Turner House’

Angela Flournoy has won the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. Her winning book, “The Turner House,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, tells the story of 13 adult siblings forced to reckon with their complex relationships and the deterioration of their east side Detroit neighborhood when their aging mother has to sell the family home.

Flournoy will receive the award Nov. 17 at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she will give a reading and participate in a roundtable discussion with VCU students and the public. The event will be held in the Cabell Library Lecture Hall (Room 303) at 7 p.m. For additional details, visit www.firstnovelist.vcu.edu/event/.

Read the rest of the VCU press release here:  Angela Wins Cabell First Novelist Award

The 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing

The 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing

Congratulations to Kimbilio Fellows Lesley Arimah (’15) and Tope Folarin (’15) for being nominated for the 2016 Caine Prize.  The Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded annually to an African writer of a short story published in English. Tope won this award previously in 2013.

At a ceremony in London on July 4th, South African writer Lidudumalingani (pictured with this post) received the 2016 prize

Listen on the link below to the BBC’s TheCulture Frontline interviews with the 2016 finalists, including Lesley and Tope.

 

Congratulations to Kimbilio’s Hurston/Wright Nominees

Congratulations to Kimbilio’s Hurston/Wright Nominees

Sanderia Faye (’13) nominee in Debut Fiction for MOURNER’S BENCH

Naomi Jackson (faculty ’17) nominee in Debut Fiction for THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL

Angela Flournoy (faculty ’15) nominee in Fiction for THE TURNER HOUSE

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award TM  honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry honorees are selected in a juried competition. Merit awards are given at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Each October, the award winners are celebrated during a gala that draws hundreds of literary stars, readers, and representatives of the publishing industry, the arts, media, politics, and academia.

Read the full list of nominees here:  HURSTON/WRIGHT LEGACY AWARDS