Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu

Ethiopian born writer Dinaw Mengestu is in the running for this years Kirkus Prize as his book All Our Names was among the finalists for its first annual book prizes.

The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction and young readers’ literature. It was created to celebrate the 81 years of discerning, thoughtful criticism Kirkus Reviews has contributed to both the publishing industry and readers at large.
Its not the first time our favourite Ethiopian writer is in the running for a prize as he was the winner of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant in 2012. Many Kenyans will remember him for his appearance at the Storymoja Festival in the same year (2012) when it still had the “Hay” moniker in its title.
We wish him all the best.