Anthony Marra, author of The Tsar of Love and Techno and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Hogarth), has won the 2018 Simpson Family Literary Prize.
Joseph Di Prisco, chair of the Simpson Family Literary Project, commented: "Anthony Marra is one writer to hold very close to your heart. Something tells me people will be eagerly, rapturously reading him for decades and decades to come, and then some. Though every one of our finalists is beyond question a world-class talent, we are delighted to award the 2nd Annual Simpson Prize to the most marvelous Mr. Marra."
The $50,000 prize is awarded by the Simpson Family Literary Project, a partnership of the University of California, Berkeley, English Department and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, in association with the Contra Costa County Library. The Project fosters new literature, supports authors, and enhances the lives of readers, writers, educators, and students in diverse communities in California and the nation. The Project serves high-school age writers and supports a Writer in Residence program at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation.
Some 58 finalists have been named in 11 categories for the 2018 Christian Book Award program, sponsored by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and can be seen here. Winners and the 2018 Christian Book of the Year will be announced May 1.