Posted on 09/29/2020 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

September 25 was a bittersweet day for science fiction author Namwali Serpell.

She learned then that she’d won a prestigious literary prize (the UK’s Arthur C. Clarke Award), but also that no murder charges would be filed in Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of police officers.

Serpell reconciled those two drastically different emotions by announcing she'd donate her prize money (about $2,600) to the Louisville Community Bail Fund, established to help those detained while protesting Taylor’s death.

Literary Hub, which alerted us to this news, recommends reading a Twitter thread in which Serpell explains the broader trends that have prompted her to donate this and other prizes or writing income.

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