Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel Children of Blood And Bone won in the Young Adult category at Nebula Awards 2019 on May 19, 2019.
The Nebula Awards, first held in 1966, annually recognize the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. The awards are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a nonprofit association of professional science fiction and fantasy writers. Some winners of the awards in the past have been Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Octavia E. Butler. The only African winner has been Nnedi Okorafor for her novella Binti in 2014.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America held its Nebula Awards conference in Los Angeles this past weekend, and winners of the Nebula Awards, which honoured the best science fiction and fantasy writing from 2018, were announced. There were entries in the categories of Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Game Writing, The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Presentation, and The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.
From these categories, only one African entry would win with Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood And Bone getting the nod in The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. The Nigerian-American’s book was published by Henry Holt and Macmillan UK.
Adeyemi on learning of her Nebula posted on her Twitter, “I won a Nebula and I’m excited.”
— Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) May 19, 2019