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.
Brittle Paper congratulates Oyinkan Braithwaite!