Kia Corthron konnte den mit USD 10.000 dotierten Preis am 6. Dezember aus den Händen des Vorjahressiegers (und späteren Pulitzer-Preisträgers) Viet Thanh Nguyen entgegennehmen.
Judges for the 2016 First Novel Prize were Chris Abani; Kate Christensen; Rivka Galchen; Kate Walbert; and Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2015 First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize.
From the The Center for Fiction website:
Kia Corthron was awarded the Center for Fiction's 2016 First Novel Prize for her debut novel, The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter (Seven Stories Press). Last year's winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen, presented the award to her at the Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, December 6th at The Metropolitan Club.
Castle Cross the Magnet Carter was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; reviewer Leonard Fitts, Jr. said, “[it] succeeds admirably in a novel's first and most difficult task: It makes you give a damn. It also does well by a novel's second task: It sends you away pondering what it has to say.” Famed political activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis called it “a stunning achievement by any measure… The untidiness of history is conveyed through experiences, dreams, and inevitable eruptions of violence, yet also unexpected patterns of escape and possible orbits of justice.”
The author of more than fifteen plays produced nationally and internationally, Kia Corthron came to national attention in the early nineties with her play Come Down Burning. Portraying characters who live in extreme poverty or crisis and whose lives are otherwise invisible, her plays paint a disturbing picture of American history and its repercussions on our most intimate relationships. Corthron's most recent awards include a Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, the Simon Great Plains Playwright (Honored Playwright) Award, the USA Jane Addams Fellowship Award, and the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, and she has developed work through various international residencies. She has also written for television, receiving a Writers Guild Outstanding Drama Series Award and an Edgar Award for The Wire.