James McBride, Natasha Tretheway among winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards which honours writings on racism

McBride’s Deacon King Kong won for fiction and Trethewey’s memoir Memorial Drive was a co-winner for nonfiction, along with Vincent Brown’s Tacky’s Revolt.

The Associated Press April 06, 2021 20:30:58 IST
James McBride, Natasha Tretheway among winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards which honours writings on racism

James McBride and US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey. AP

Novelist James McBride, former US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey and science fiction great Samuel R Delaney are among this year’s winners of Anisfield-Wolf awards for books that confront racism and help promote diversity.

McBride’s Deacon King Kong won for fiction and Trethewey’s memoir Memorial Drive was a co-winner for nonfiction, along with Vincent Brown’s Tacky’s Revolt. Delaney, known for such influential novels as Babel-17 and Dahlgren, received a lifetime achievement prize. Victoria Chang’s Obit was honoured for the best work of poetry.

The winners were announced Monday.

“The new Anisfield-Wolf winners bring us fresh insights on race and the human condition,” jury chair Henry Louis Gates Jr said in a statement.

“This year, we honour a brilliant military history (Tacky’s Revolt), a breakout poetry collection that wrestles with mortality (Obit), a novel bursting with love and trouble centred around a Brooklyn church (Deacon King Kong), and a memoir by a daughter reclaiming her mother’s story (Memorial Drive). All of which is capped by the lifetime achievement of Samuel R Delaney, who has broadened our humanity and sharpened our minds through his groundbreaking science fiction.”

The Anisfield-Wolf awards were founded in 1935 and are managed by the nonprofit Cleveland Foundation. Previous winners include the Rev Martin Luther King, Toni Morrison and Wole Soyinka.

Updated Date:

also read

Life in the Clock Tower Valley: In Shakoor Rather's debut novel, an insider's view of the everyday life in Kashmir
Arts & Culture

Life in the Clock Tower Valley: In Shakoor Rather's debut novel, an insider's view of the everyday life in Kashmir

Life in the Clock Tower Valley focusses on the everyday emotions and hardships that the common folk of Kashmir face, and not just the constant conflict and military presence on its terrain. The novel includes fascinating historical and political information about Kashmir as well as environmental issues plaguing it that are seldom talked about.

In Beloved Beasts, Michelle Nijhuis shows that history can help contextualise and guide modern conservation
science

In Beloved Beasts, Michelle Nijhuis shows that history can help contextualise and guide modern conservation

Through the eyes and actions of individuals, Beloved Beasts portrays the evolution of the surprisingly young field from a pursuit almost solely of the privileged Western elite to “a movement that is shaped by many people, many places, and many species.”

Shankha Ghosh, renowned Bengali poet and Padma Bhushan awardee, passes away at 89 due to COVID-19 complications
India

Shankha Ghosh, renowned Bengali poet and Padma Bhushan awardee, passes away at 89 due to COVID-19 complications

Ghosh, known for being vocal on various social and political issues, was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and conferred the prestigious Jnanpith Award in 2016.