Posted on October 25, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Congratulations to the first-ever winner of the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction: Khadija Abdalla Bajaber.

Her debut novel, The House of Rust, was announced as the winner of $25,000 on Friday.

Bajaber had high praise for Le Guin (unsurprisingly) and gratitude in her acceptance speech, reports Literary Hub.

"The heart, craft, and humanity with which Ursula K. Le Guin approached the unfamiliar and the strange makes her one of the most beloved storytellers to readers and writers alike," she said.

The House of Rust is the story of Aisha, a girl who embarks on a boat made of a skeleton, along with a talking cat, in order to rescue her missing father.

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