Gappah nominated for US Literary Award


© ZIMBABWEAN lawyer and writer, Petina Gappah has been nominated in the acclaimed American 51st National Association for an Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
Gappah is nominated in the Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction Category) for her book Out of Darkness, Shining Light.
The acclaimed awards celebrate the artistic and creative achievements of people of colour, in film, television, music and literature.
“They are awards with a long history and a huge impact, so I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be honoured in this way,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “I find myself in fine company; my award category includes among others, work by the amazing Jacqueline Woodson, the brilliant Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the redoubtable Margaret Busby, whose New Daughters of Africa anthology is nominated, meaning I share this honour with the many phenomenal women whose work is in that book.”
She wrote that she feels like she has won already because ‘‘Kush has agreed to be my date and to wear a tux 🙂 or, as he puts it, ‘something tuxedoish’’’.
She added that the thought of meeting some of the more glamorous nominees, like Lupita Nyong’o, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Chadwick Boseman, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy and Tyler Perry was just too good to miss!
“I genuinely hope that New Daughters of Africa is the winner: it is a remarkable achievement that highlights the creative work of three generations of African women.”
The NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction) nomination list includes New Daughters of Africa – Margaret Busby (Harper Collins Publishers), Out of Darkness, Shining Light – Petina Gappah (Simon and Schuster), Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead Books PRH), The Revisioners – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counter Point Press) and The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World).

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