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Unburnable short-listed for Hurston-Wright Legacy Award: 2007-09-18
  • Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) - The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is pleased to announce nominees for its annual Legacy Award program. This national awards program honors Black writers in the categories of Fiction, Debut Fiction, and Nonfiction. A Poetry category has been added as well. A panel of published authors in each genre have judged all submissions and selected one winner from each category, to be announced during the awards ceremony on Friday, November 2 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Winners from each of the categories along with two finalists in the categories of Fiction and Nonfiction will receive cash prizes.

    The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2007 nominees are:
    (Listed alphabetically by author)


    Dominion (Grove/Atlantic, Inc.)
    by Calvin Baker

    All Aunt Hagar's Children (HarperCollins Publishers)
    by Edward P. Jones

    Nowhere is a Place (Dutton)
    by Bernice L. McFadden

    Jump at the Sun (HarperCollins Publishers)
    by Kim McLarin

    Half of a Yellow Sun (Knopf)
    by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Wizard of the Crow (Pantheon Books)
    by Ngugi Wa'Thiong'O

    Debut Fiction:

    Ancestor Stones (Grove/Atlantic, Inc.)
    by Aminatta Forna

    Unburnable (HarperCollins Publishers)
    by Marie-Elena John

    Get Down (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)
    by Asali Solomon


    The Last "Darky": Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora (Duke University Press)
    by Louis Chude-Sokei

    Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley (HarperCollins Publishers)
    by Christopher John Farley

    BookMarks: Reading in Black and White (Rutgers University Press)
    by Karla FC Holloway

    Unbowed: A Memoir (Knopf)
    by Wangari Maathai

    The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty and Belonging (WW Norton)
    by Kym Ragusa

    The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture and Identity Formation in Early America (Louisiana State University Press)
    by Walter C. Rucker


    Wind in a Box (Penguin)
    by Terrance Hayes

    Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press)
    By Patricia Smith

    The Architecture of Language (Coffee House Press)
    by Quincy Troupe

    About the Hurston/Wright Foundation
    The Hurston/Wright Foundation is a nonprofit resource center for readers, writers and supporters of Black literature. Through the establishment of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, the Foundation created the nation's first national award presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of Black writers. The Legacy Award provides the inheritors of the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement a way to preserve the cultural rituals that are required for the rebuilding and maintenance of the African and African American cultural infrastructure.

    The Hurston/Wright Foundation's mission is to discover, develop and honor Black writers for the purpose of preserving the legacy and ensuring the future of Black writers and the literature they create. Since its inception in 1990, the Hurston/Wright Foundation has grown from serving only one segment of the community of Black writers, college writers of African descent, to providing culturally sensitive services and guidance for Black writers and their readers at every stage of their development.

    Gabrielle Faulcon
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