COURTESY TULANE UNIVERSITY
Mississippi-born writer Jesmyn Ward's novel Sing, Unburied, Sing
is among five finalists
for the 2017 National Book Award in fiction.
Ward, who teaches creative writing at Tulane University, previously won the award in 2011 for her novel Salvage the Bones
. This is one of American literature's most prestigious prizes; past winners in the fiction category include titans such as William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Susan Sontag, Philip Roth, Eudora Welty and Denis Johnson.
Elliot Ackerman, Lisa Ko, Min Jin Lee and Carmen Maria Machado also were finalists. The winner will be announced on Nov. 15.
Ward will have a conversation
about Sing, Unburied, Sing
with Nathaniel Rich at Garden District Book Shop at 6 p.m. Oct. 12. She'll sign books after the discussion.