Sunday, June 11, 2006

iweala, award winner

Iweala wins award for Beasts of No Nation
June 7, Uzodinma Iweala was announced as The New York Public Library's 2006 Young Lions Fiction Award for his debut novel about a child solider, Beasts of No Nation

Iweala, who beat 4 other finalists to bag the honour, said: "It's great to be in such good company. It's good to know that people are interested in the topic of child soldiers, which is a terrible thing happening worldwide. There are about 300,000 child soldiers around the world. The fact that my book, Beasts of No Nation, can raise awareness of this issue and bring this to people's attention is very meaningful to me." Read more...

And it was a Beaut @ The Orange Prize for Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith won The coveted Orange Prize at third try earlier in the week with her 3rd novel, On Beauty.


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