Posted on July 15, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

2020 hasn’t been a standout year for most people.

Author Colson Whitehead is an exception to that rule.

He’s already won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction – making him the first author to win consecutive Pulitzers for fiction – and the Orwell Prize for political fiction.

This week, Whitehead became the youngest ever writer to receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, reports The Associated Press.

Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys is based on true accounts of so-called reform schools, which badly mistreated the juveniles sent there; his novel is set in Florida and follows the misfortunes of the Black boys attending the titular institution.

Read more about the author and his awards from the AP, or hear from him directly – he and Congress Carla Hayden will discuss race in America at 7 p.m. Eastern tomorrow (available on the LOC’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, and website).

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