The Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, inaugurated in 2007, is awarded by the Women’s Caucas of the African Studies Assoication. It is named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the Ghanaian writer and, Margaret Snyder, the founding Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). The prize is awarded annually for “an outstanding book by a woman that prioritizes African women’s experience. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work”.
This year’s winner for the best creative work is Ancestor Stones by Aminatta Forna.
The other nine finalists are:
- Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta (Nigeria) Interlink Books, November 2007 HONORABLE MENTION
- Not Without Flowers by Amma Darko (Ghana), published by Sub-Saharan Publishers, 2007
- The Uncertainty of Hope by Valerie Tagwira (Zimbabwe), published by Weaver Press, 2008
- The House of Falling Women by Rosemary Ekosso (Cameroon), published by Langaa RPCIG, 2008
- UnConfessed by Yvette Christainse (South Africa), Other Press, 2007
- The Writing Circle by Rozona Maart (South Africa) TSAR, 2007
- On Black Sisters’ Street by Chika Unigwe (Nigeria) Jonathan Cape Ltd, July 2009
- An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah (Zimbabwe), Faber & Faber, April 2009
- Wanjira by Wambui B. Githoiora (Kenya) Dog Ear Publishing LLC, Feb 2008
Congrats to the winner and the finalists!
I will now go in search of these books. A couple are already on one of my other lists.
Have you read any of these books? Your thoughts?