Hurston/Wright Foundation named Sanderia Faye’s “Mourner’s Bench” as the best debut fiction novel during a presentation October 21 in Washington, D.C.
“Delicious Foods,” by James Hannaham was named winner of best fiction. Paul Beatty’s “The Sellout” was nominated in this category. Beatty recently became the first American winner of the Man Booker Prize.
“Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” by Pamela Newkirk took home the top prize for nonfiction, and “Forest Primeval” by Vievee Francis was the poetry winner.
Ernest J. Gaines, author of the award winning book “A Lesson Before Dying” received the North Star Award, the foundation’s highest honor. Junot Diaz, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and founder of Voices of Our Nation, won the Ella Baker Award for championing diversity in MFA programs.
Hurston/Wright honors black writers.