Posted on October 12, 2023 at 10:18 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We have several awards and a shortlist to celebrate today.

Uyghur professor Rahile Dawut has been chosen as the 2023 PEN International Writer of Courage recipient.

Dawut has been missing for six years; Chinese authorities reportedly sentenced her last month to life in prison on charges of endangering state security, according to the Guardian.

The prize is selected by the PEN Pinter Prize winner — this year, author Michael Rosen.

He said he chose Dawut, an expert on Uyghur folklore, because he was "pushed towards sorrow and anger on hearing that someone could be imprisoned for precisely the kind of interest that I have."

The 2023 Kirkus Prizes were announced last night as well, with the Kirkus Reviews publisher noting that history and community emerged as themes in all the winning works, according to NPR.

The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride won for fiction; Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of "Latino" by Héctor Tobar won for nonfiction; and America Redux: Visual Stories From Our Dynamic History by Ariel Aberg-Riger won for young people's literature.

The recipients each receive $50,000; nearly 11,000 books were eligible for consideration for this award.

And finally, the American Literary Translators Association announced the shortlists for the 25th annual National Translation Awards.

A prose and a poetry winner will each receive $4,000, with winners revealed November 11.


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