MN author's first book nominated for prestigious literary prize

She's "certain to have a very bright literary future ahead of her."

Another Minnesota writer is up for a prestigious literary award.

On Tuesday, Lesley Nneka Arimah was announced as a nominee for the Kirkus Prize, for her book What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky.

The collection of short stories – much of which is set in Nigeria, where Arimah spent some time growing up – is a finalist in the "fiction and literature" category. 

The nomination is a coup for Amirah, as What It Means – published this year – is her very first book. 

And, as Kirkus Reviews (the literary magazine behind the prize) says, the prize is "one of the richest literary awards in the world." 

That's true in more ways than one, considering Amirah will receive $50,000 if she wins. 

Winners will be announced on Nov. 2, "by an esteemed panel composed of nationally respected writers and highly regarded booksellers, librarians and Kirkus critics," Kirkus says. 

More about the author and her book

According to her website, Arimah hails from the United Kingdom and currently lives in Minneapolis. 

She also says she has a forthcoming novel called The Children of Bones.

In its review of What It Means, NPR praised Arimah for her "electrifying, defiantly original writing," and described her as a "young author who seems certain to have a very bright literary future ahead of her."

The nomination comes less than a week after another Minnesota author, Emily Fridland, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize – considered one of the world's most prestigious literary awards (you can read about her novel, History of Wolves, by clicking right here). 

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