Adina Hoffman ’89, a visiting writer at Wesleyan’s English department, has been awarded the Windham Campbell Prize, one of the largest literary prizes in the world. In total, nine prizes were awarded for outstanding achievement in fiction, nonfiction and drama.
A prize jury in each category chose five finalists, from which the nine
recipients were selected to receive awards. Prizewinners did not know
they were nominated, and many expressed shock as well as gratitude on
receiving the news.
“To say that I’m excited by this news is a pointless understatement,” said Adina Hoffman, author of “My Happiness Bears No Relation To Happiness,” a cultural biography of the late Palestinian poet Taha Muhammad Ali.
“As a writer for whom archival sleuthing is part and parcel of the
imaginative process, I’m especially thrilled to receive a prize
administered by the Beinecke. The fact that the shared lives of Donald
Windham and Sandy Campbell were grounded in a total devotion to
literature and art, and the friendships that evolved around them makes
this incredibly generous prize all the more meaningful.”
Image: from Adina Hoffman.
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