Irenosen Okojie Features in the Long List of Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour
We featured her in the Reading Passport as one of our Future Voices and we reviewed Speak Gigantular here and we were delighted here at Reading Passport HQ to hear the news that Irenosen Okojie has been long listed for a prize celebrating authors of BAME origins.
The Jhalak Prize aims to celebrate British and British residing authors of BAME origins and will see the winner awarded with £1000 prize money. The prize celebrates fiction of multiple lengths and spans non fiction as well as both adult and young adult fiction. The Jhalak Prize short list will be announced on6th February and the winner will be announced in March.
Speak Gigantular, Okojie’s short story collection is one title on the list. The 11 other titles are:
Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
Harmless Like You by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
Nina Is Not Ok by ShappI Khorsandi
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Augusttown Kei Miller
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood
A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
Black And British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
In the Bonesetter’s Waiting Room: Travels through Indian Medicine by Aarathi Prasad
The Bone Readers by Jacob Ross
Another Day In The Death Of America by Gary Younge
A truly inspiring readin list to help you on your read of the decades. Go #BooktotheFuture and let’s celebrate #Diversityinpublishing
Good luck Irenosen!