Namwali Serpell Wins Arthur C. Clarke Award, Writers Respond to Breonna Taylor Announcement at NEIBA Awards Banquet, and More

by Staff
9.24.20

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the leading prize for science fiction writing in the U.K. Tade Thompson, who won the 2019 prize for his novel Rosewater, praised The Old Drift as “the great African novel of the twenty-first century.” (Guardian)

The New England Independent Booksellers Association is running its fall conference this week and held its annual awards banquet on Zoom yesterday evening. Publishers Weekly reports that several of the winning authors took a moment to address the crisis of systemic racism in America and respond to the announcement earlier that day that no police officers would be directly charged for the murder of Breonna Taylor. 

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop pays tribute to writer and educator Kimarlee Nguyen, who died in April due to complications from COVID-19. The editors have republished one of her short stories, “This Is a Story We All Know,” alongside remembrances from the writer paul aster stone-tsao and one of Nguyen’s former students, Subarno Rahman. 

“The idea of the thinness of reality has always interested me, the moment where you look around and you realize that the world is a stage set in some sense.” Hari Kunzru reflects on the precarity of democracy in America and the political questions that informed his latest novel, Red Pill. (Electric Literature)

Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf has been promoted to senior director of literary programs at PEN America. Most recently she served as director of public programs and literary awards and is credited with the recent expansion of the PEN American Literary Awards. 

“I feel that books are stitched from many things we have happening all around us, that we kind of gather in.” Alison Stine talks to the Rumpus about how a severe Ohio winter and a dream helped inspire her latest novel, Road Out of Winter

The New York Public Library has compiled a list of resources on the legacy of Malcolm X that can be accessed remotely, including digital archives, e-books, and films.

Esquire recommends twenty new and forthcoming fall books, including World of Wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam, and Memorial by Bryan Washington.