Earlier this month I flew to the US to pick up one of the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards from Dartmouth College, for Central Station.
The award is new – it covers several categories, comes with a cheque for $5000, and a hand-blown glass trophy (plus the trip to New Hampshire, where I got to see the fall leaves). It is open for a second year of eligibility, so if you are a writer or publisher, do consider sending in books!
I was supposed to take part in a panel discussion but was just too late to make it, though I did get there just in time to sign some books, and then for drinks!
“In a ceremony held on Oct. 1, the Neukom Institute honored the winners of its inaugural Literary Arts Awards. From left, novelist Maria Dahvana Headley, the principal judge for this year’s awards; Juan Martinez, author of Best Worst American, which won for debut speculative fiction; Corinne Duyvis, author of On the Edge of Gone, co-winner of the open category; Lavie Tidhar, author of Central Station, co-winner of the open category; and Professor Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00);” source: https://news.dartmouth.edu/photos/galleries/views-green-oct-10-2018
Winning this for Central Station was completely unexpected! It came out in 2016 (though several translated editions came out this year) and it already picked up the Campbell Award, so I wasn’t really expecting anything more. As it was, it was a huge honour, great fun meeting the other winners and judge, and then going on to spend a few more days around the States. I even joined Maria and Juan in giving a 2-hour class to some young Dartmouth creative writing students.
The trophies are by hand-blown glass from Simon Pearce – here’s mine after arriving safely back in London.