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Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Big Other Book Awards!


Delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Big Other Book Awards!

All the books below are linked to their respective pages at Bookshop. Visit the Big Other Shop there, where you can find the list of finalists in its entirety.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2019 Big Other Book Awards:

Karen An-hwei Lee’s The Maze of Transparencies (Ellipsis Press)

Graphic Novel:
Keum Suk Gendry-Kim’s Grass (Drawn and Quarterly), translated by Janet Hong

Robert Macfarlane’s Underland (W. W. Norton)

Timothy Donnelly’s The Problem of the Many (Wave Books)

László Krasznahorkai’s Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming (New Directions), translated by Ottilie Mulzet

Readers’s Choice Award:
Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic

Kudos to all of the winners! Kudos, too, to the 2019 Big Other Literary Citizen Awardees: Tobias Carroll, Jane Ciabattari, Gabino Iglesias, and Janice Lee! And kudos to the 2019 Big Other Lifetime Achievement Awardees: Giannina Braschi, Samuel R. Delany, Keith Waldrop, Rosmarie Waldrop, and John Yau!


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John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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