The 2020 Locus Awards shortlists have been announced, and four African writers have books nominated in various categories.
Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet and Tochi Onyebuchi’s War Girls are nominated in the Young Adult Novel category. Tade Thompson’s The Rosewater Insurrection/The Rosewater Redemption is nominated in Science Fiction Novel. Nnedi Okorafor for Binti: Sacred Fire in the Novelette category and Broken Places & Outer Spaces in Non-fiction.
Recently, Nnedi Okorafor’s collaborative graphic novel LaGuardia picked up an Eisner Award nomination for Best Graphic Album, alongside Tana Ford.
Founded in 1971, the Locus Awards is conferred by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. The 2020 awards is spread across 16 categories. Winners will be determined by polling magazine readers.
On June 27, 2020, the winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend and handed certificates.
Brittle Paper congratulates Nnedi Okorafor, Tochi Onyebuchi, Tade Thompson and Akwaeke Emezi.
The nominated authors are thrilled by the good news. See their reactions on twitter:
My memoir BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACES: FINDING CREATIVITY IN THE UNEXPECTED and my novelette "BINTI: SACRED FIRE" (this is the new Binti story in the omnibus) are both Locus Award finalists, 😃! #africanfuturism
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) May 30, 2020
So, this happened.
The Rosewater Insurrection and The Rosewater Redemption are both Best Novel finalists.
Thanks to you all!
Also, a ton of great works here.
— Tade Thompson (@tadethompson) May 29, 2020
PET is a finalist for the 2020 Locus Award (YA Novel) and I just want to point out–especially now–that it is a book depicting a Black community in a world without police or prisons. What possibilities are we making accessible to young people?https://t.co/75osHfQkq9
— akwaeke emezi (@azemezi) May 30, 2020
Holy shit i'm a Locus Award finalist
— Tochi Onyebuchi (@TochiTrueStory) May 29, 2020