Posted on July 5, 2022 at 7:25 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Congratulations many times over to author Jesmyn Ward, who has received the 2022 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.

Ward is, according to a news release from the LOC, the youngest writer to claim that honor at age forty-five.

The prize goes to an author whose body of work is "distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination."

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden selected Ward from nominations provided by past winners, book critics, and acclaimed authors. 

“Jesmyn Ward’s literary vision continues to become more expansive and piercing, addressing urgent questions about racism and social injustice being voiced by Americans,” she said.

Ward won the National Book Award for Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing; her memoir, Men We Reaped, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

You can read more about Ward's literary accomplishments in the LOC's news release.

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