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Colson Whitehead novel wins $50,000 Kirkus Prize


October 25, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's novel "The Nickel Boys" and Saeed Jones' memoir "How We Fight for Our Lives" are among the winners of the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor.

On Thursday, Whitehead won in the fiction category for his narrative of a brutal boys academy in Florida. Jones' coming-of-age book was cited for nonfiction and the winner for young people's books was "New Kid," author-illustrator Jerry Craft's story of a black kid attending a predominantly white private school.

The prizes were presented by the trade publication Kirkus Reviews and were judged by panels of authors, criti...

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