Cynthia Leitich Smith Named Winner of the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature

News and Events Photo by Christopher T. Assaf World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture, today announced Cynthia Leitich Smith as the winner of the 2021 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. Awarded in alternating years with the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature, the biennial NSK Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the world of children’s and young adult literature. Leitich Smith is a New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling YA author of the Tantalize series and Feral trilogy. She was named Writer of the Year by Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers for Rain Is Not My Indian Name and won the American Indian Youth Literature Award for Young Adult Books for Hearts Unbroken, which also was named to YALSA’s Amelia Bloomer list and received the Foreword Reviews Silver Medal in Young Adult Fiction. In addition, she is the author-curator of Heartdrum, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, which will launch its first list in winter 2021. Leitich Smith lives in Austin, Texas, and is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. “A powerful and brilliant choice to win the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature,” said RC Davis-Undiano, executive director of WLT. “Cynthia Leitich Smith is a writer opening doors for other indigenous writers.“She is also finding ways to open those doors wider for... Continue reading at 'World Literature Today'

[ World Literature Today | 2020-10-20 23:56:14 UTC ]
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