The Washington Post reports that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who will be reading at Cupcake in November (!), has won the Hurston/Wright award (which awards the best of black literature) for debut fiction for her book, Purple Hibiscus:
"Writers don't get a lot of attention," said Johnson, choking back tears.Like the Cupcake community -- that's so exactly what we're about 24-7.
A writing professor at Bard College, Johnson said that a majority of literary prizes are awarded by white people. "The amazing thing about the Hurston/Wright award is it gives us the first chance to transcend that," he said in his acceptance speech. "It's the only way we're ever going to be able to choose our own heroes."
...Foundation President Marita Golden said, "There's always a need for a community of people to recognize its geniuses and creative artists."