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Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite has won the 2019 Anthony Award for her debut novel My Sister, the Serial Killer. Braithwaite was announced winner in the category of Best First Novel at a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bouchercon, the world’s premier crime fiction event, in Dallas, Texas, on November 2, 2019.

The Anthony Awards, now in its 33rd year, honor the year’s best achievements in mystery and crime fiction. Winners are selected by the thousands in attendance at the annual Boucheron event. The awards were named in honor of Anthony Boucher, a mystery and crime fiction author, editor, and critic who also founded the Mystery Writers of America in 1945, an organization of mystery and crime writers based in New York City.

The shortlist for the Best First Novel category included Broken Places by Tracy Clark, Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaver, What Doesn’t Kill You by Aimee Hix, and Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin.

My Sister, the Serial Killer was published last year to widespread acclaim. It has since appeared on many “best of the year” lists and has been nominated for multiple notable awards including the Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist, the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction longlist and the International Dublin Literary Award. Braithwaite was most recently nominated for The Future Awards Prize for Literature.

Read excerpts from My Sister, the Serial Killer here, here, here, and here.

Brittle Paper congratulates Oyinkan Braithwaite!

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work has been published in McSweeneys, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as 'One of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction' in a feature introduced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a regular contributor with the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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