J’can au­thor gets Honorary Doc­tor of Let­ters in the UK

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CRIT­I­CALLY AC­CLAIMED au­thor Pro­fes­sor Nalo Hop­kin­son re­ceived an Honorary Doc­tor of Let­ters from the ViceChan­cel­lor of Anglia Ruskin Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Iain Martin, dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Cam­bridge, United King­dom, last Wed­nes­day.

Born in Kingston, Ja­maica, Nalo is Pro­fes­sor of Cre­ative Writ­ing at the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, River­side, in the United States, and val­ued men­tor to sev­eral of Anglia Ruskin’s Cre­ative Writ­ing stu­dents.

Nalo’s first book, Brown Girl in the Ring, won the Lo­cus Award for Best First Novel, and was a fi­nal­ist in the ‘Bat­tle of the Books’ tele­vi­sion show, Canada Reads.

In 1999, Nalo re­ceived the On­tario Arts Coun­cil Foun­da­tion Award for Emerg­ing Writ­ers, and she was the re­cip­i­ent of the John W. Camp­bell Award for Best New Writer.

Her sec­ond novel, Mid­night Rob­ber, pub­lished in 2000, was nom­i­nated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel. And her 2001 novel, Skin Folk, won the World Fan­tasy Award and the Sun­burst Award for Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture of the Fan­tas­tic.

Pub­lished in 2003, The Salt Roads re­ceived the Gay­lac­tic Spec­trum Award. And in 2008, her novel The New Moon’s Arms re­ceived the Prix Aurora Award – Canada’s reader-nom­i­nated award for science fic­tion and fan­tasy. The New Moon’s Arms also won the Sun­burst Award for Cana­dian Lit­er­a­ture of the Fan­tas­tic, mak­ing her the first au­thor to re­ceive the Sun­burst Award twice.

She will be guest of hon­our at the 2017 World Science Fic­tion Con­ven­tion, the high­est ac­co­lade that the science fic­tion field has to of­fer.

SUP­PORT­ING OTHER WRIT­ERS

Pro­fes­sor Martin said: “Through­out her ca­reer, Pro­fes­sor Hop­kin­son has been no­table for the out­stand­ing ways in which she has sup­ported other writ­ers and artists. She has worked in li­braries, been em­ployed as a gov­ern­ment cul­ture re­search of­fi­cer, and served as grants of­fi­cer at the Toronto Arts Coun­cil.

“Our univer­sity al­ready en­joys close links with Pro­fes­sor Hop­kin­son. She has men­tored many of our cre­ative writ­ing stu­dents, and she has said she will be de­lighted to sup­port stu­dents on our new MA in Science Fic­tion and Fan­tasy.”

He added, “Nalo’s pas­sion­ate and in­sight­ful com­mit­ment to the lit­er­ary ex­plo­ration of is­sues such as race, class and sex­u­al­ity, ex­em­plify the fo­cus, de­ter­mi­na­tion and tal­ent re­quired to ex­cel at the high­est level.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

ViceChan­cel­lor of Anglia Ruskin Univer­sity, Pro­fes­sor Iain Martin (left), and crit­i­cally ac­claimed au­thor Pro­fes­sor Nalo Hop­kin­son at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Cam­bridge, United King­dom, last Wed­nes­day.

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