Duke University Press Books Win Hurston/Wright Award

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Duke University Press Books Win Hurston/Wright Award


DURHAM, N.C.

Two Duke University Press books won top honors in the 2003 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards. The authors of the nonfiction books, both of which were published under the John Hope Franklin Center imprint, were honored last month at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

First prize went to Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies by Dr. Elizabeth McHenry, an assistant professor of English at New York University. Dr. Karla F.C. Holloway's Passed On: African American Mourning Stories was a finalist. Holloway is dean of humanities and social sciences at Duke. The Herndons: An Atlanta Family, written by Carole Merritt and published by the University of Georgia Press, was the other finalist in the nonfiction category.

The winner receives $10,000, and finalists are awarded $5,000 in three categories: fiction, debut fiction and nonfiction.

Holloway said she was honored to receive the award.

"I'm just absolutely thrilled," Holloway said. "I talk about both Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright in the book. It was an especially thoughtful moment for me."

Passed On, which also won the 2002 Eugene M. Kayden Book Award, deals with the death of Holloway's son and examines bereavement, death, dying and burial in 20th-century African American life.

Holloway used interviews, archival research and analyses of literature, film and music to examine African Americans' vulnerability to untimely death and their response to it. …

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