[Blackstudies-l] Edwidge Danticat is 2018 Winner of Prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature

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ivetteromero posted: " World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s
award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, announced
that Edwidge Danticat is the 25th laureate of the renowned Neustadt
International Prize for Literature. Awarded in alternating"
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*World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning
magazine of international literature and culture, announced that Edwidge
Danticat is the 25th laureate of the renowned Neustadt International Prize
for Literature. Awarded in alternating years with the NSK Neustadt Prize
for Children’s Literature, the Neustadt Prize recognizes outstanding
literary merit in literature worldwide. The Neustadt Prize announcement was
made at a reception at the University of Oklahoma on November 9, 2017.*

Danticat is the author of stories, essays, travel commentary, film scripts,
YA novels, and four novels. In addition to a Pushcart Prize, a National
Book Critics Circle Award, the BOCAS Prize, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal
for Excellence in Fiction, Danticat won a MacArthur Fellowship and holds
two honorary degrees.

Her debut novel *Breath, Eyes, Memory* (Soho, 1994; Vintage, 1998) was an
Oprah’s Book Club selection in 1998.

Danticat experiments with form and structure and frequently references the
literary history of Haiti and the Caribbean. She paints scenes of immigrant
life in New York and Miami with fresh details and palpable familiarity.

Achy Obejas nominated Danticat and was one of eight jurors on the 2018
Neustadt Prize panel. In her nominating statement, Obejas comments that
Danticat’s work “addresses how the specter of history haunts the unresolved
present” and undermines the future unless people find a way to redeem it.

Robert Con Davis-Undiano, *World Literature Today*’s executive director,
notes that Danticat is a “master writer whose newest work promises even
greater heights.”

Highly respected within the literary community for its recognition of
excellence, the Neustadt Prize is often referenced as the “American Nobel”
for its reputation as a lead-up to the Swedish Academy’s annual selection.
Any living author writing from anywhere in the world is eligible for the
Neustadt prize. The jury is comprised of acclaimed international authors,
and that fact helps to keep external pressure from booksellers, publishers,
and others who may have interest in influencing the outcome.

The Neustadt Prize announcement was made at a reception at the University
of Oklahoma on Nov. 9, 2017.

The Neustadt Prize is the first international literary award of this scope
to originate in the United States and is one of the very few international
prizes for which poets, novelists and playwrights are equally eligible.
Winners are awarded $50,000, a replica of an eagle feather cast in silver
and a certificate. A generous endowment from the Neustadt family of Dallas,
Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Watertown, Massachusetts; ensures the award in
perpetuity.

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