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Two books by Nnedi Okorafor are finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards and the Associated Awards: Binti: Home for Best Novella at the Hugo Awards, and Akata Witch for World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book at the Associated Awards. Nnedi Okorafor is a previous winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novella, in 2016, for Binti, the first book in her Binti Trilogy, making her the first Nigerian winner of the Award.

Founded in 1953 and presented by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), the Hugo Awards are a set of literary awards given annually for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The Associated Awards, according to Tor.com, are “not Hugos,” but they are given by the same body.

For Best Novella at the Hugo Awards, Binti: Home is up against: All Systems Red, by Martha Wells; And Then There Were (N-One), by Sarah Pinsker; The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang; Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire; and River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey. Here is a description of Binti: Home by its publishers, Tor.com Publishing:

The thrilling sequel to the Hugo and Nebula-winning Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

It’s been a year since Binti and Okwu enrolled at Oomza University. A year since Binti was declared a hero for uniting two warring planets. A year since she found friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

And now she must return home to her people, with her friend Okwu by her side, to face her family and face her elders.

But Okwu will be the first of his race to set foot on Earth in over a hundred years, and the first ever to come in peace.

After generations of conflict can human and Meduse ever learn to truly live in harmony?

For the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book, Akata Warrior is up against: The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller; The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman; In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan; A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge; and Summer in Orcus, written by T. Kingfisher, illustrated by Lauren Henderson. Published by Viking, here is a description of Akata Warrior on Amazon:

The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, August 19.

Congratulations to Nnedi Okorafor.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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