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Dinaw Mengestu nominated for 2015 Folio prize

Dinaw Mengestu nominated for 2015 Folio prize

One of the best international writers of African decent, Dinaw Mengetsu, has been nominated for the prestigious Folio prize in 2015. The accomplished Ethiopian-American author was nominated last month alongside other favorite African writers-Damon Galgut and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. (continues below... )

The £40,000 literature prize was initiated in 2014 to recognize accomplished literature writers world wide. Dinaw Mengetsu’s "All our names" was nominated in the category of best literal work. The prize is the literal equivalent of Bookers prize for best authors - which did not feature African writers.

Dinaw Mengestu is best known for his inspiring best selling novels including - "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" (2007) and "How to Read the Air" (2010). The two novels got him international recognition and several literary awards including the prestigious Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence in 2011 and was nominated for the MacArthur Fellow in 2012.

Over the years the 37 year old writer has covered African human interest stories for Rolling stone magazine, Jane magazine, the wall street journal among other publications.

Named as one of best 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 years of age, by the Hay Festival, Dinaw Mengestu has accomplished a lot since leaving his native Ethiopia as a child. His parents left Ethiopia and moved to the United States where he grew up.

Dinaw Mengestu received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Georgetown University and his Masters of Arts in Fiction from Columbia University. He has been writing and winning hearts ever since. Expect more exceptional literal pieces from this African great.

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