WINNER PROFILES, 2017
Gizo-Gizo! A Tale From the Zongo Lagoon.
Emily Williamson is a novelist of Africa-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Nnedi is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. In a profile of Nnedi’s work titled, “Weapons of Mass Creation”, the New York Times called Nnedi’s imagination “stunning”. She is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Buffalo.
Evan Turk went to Secondary School of Creative Arts in Tehran when she was 14 years old. An art teacher asked students to choose a story and make illustrations based on that. She chose The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Anderson and it was the first time she tried to illustrate a book. She enjoyed the process so much that she decided to continue her career in that direction. Other books she has illustrated include Panic in the Jungle, which she also wrote, and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. She is based in the U.K. Read interview
Equal Education Amagama Enkululeko! Words for Freedom: Writing Life Under Apartheid
Adwoa Badoe Aluta.
The Bitter Side of Sweet
Tara Sullivan is an award-winning author of Young Adult novels that address current human rights issues. Born in India, she spent her childhood living in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic with her parents, who were international aid workers. She received a BA in Spanish literature and cognitive science from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Latin American studies and an MPA in nonprofit management from Indiana University. The Bitter Side of Sweet is also an ALSC Notable Children’s Book of 2017, and one of Bank Street’s 2017 Best Children’s Books of the Year. Sullivan lives and writes in Massachusetts.
Panic in the Jungle, which she also wrote, and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns. She is based in the U.K. Read interviewThe Bitter Side of Sweet
Bitter Side of Sweet
The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye
The World Beneath.