De­but nov­el­ist among winners of award

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — De­but nov­el­ist Yaa Gyasi and long­time au­thor-ac­tivist Nancy Mer­cado are among this year’s winners of Amer­i­can Book Awards for con­tri­bu­tions to diver­sity in Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture. Gyasi was cited Fri­day for her ac­claimed “Homegoing.” Mer­cado, a key mem­ber of the Nuy­or­i­can lit­er­ary move­ment, was given a life­time achieve­ment prize. The awards are pre­sented by the Be­fore Colum­bus Foun­da­tion, a not-for­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion founded in 1976 by au­thor-ac­tivist Ish­mael Reed and ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism. Other winners Fri­day in­clude such nonfiction au­thors as Flores A. Forbes for “In­vis­i­ble Men” and Patrick Phillips for “Blood at the Root.”

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