‘A Lucky Man’ wins Ernest Gaines Award for Literacy Excellence

Jamel Brinkley’s  collection of nine short stories has won the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Set in Brooklyn and the South Bronx where the writer spent his youth before graduating from Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the stories in A Lucky Man explore the charged, complex ties between boys and … Continue reading

Ernest Gaines wants you!

America’s biggest prize for Black fiction writers seeks entries Entries are being accepted through Aug. 15 for the ninth annual Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Information on criteria and entrance forms for the award, which includes a $10,000 cash prize, is available at http://www.ernestjgainesaward.org .   Sponsored by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors, … Continue reading

Start 2014 with Louisiana’s award-winning authors

As we get ready to launch into the New Year, here are four intriguing must-read authors to add to your collection. Yusef Komunyakaa Pleasure Dome Born: April 29, 1947 Hometown: Bogalusa, La. Family of five children While living in a drastic rural area, Yusef Komunyakaa’s childhood helped him to develop most of his poetry. The … Continue reading