Nicola Griffith wins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize

27 Apr

NicolaGriffithLambda Literary Foundation has just announced the recipients of the 2013 James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize and this year the prize recognises UK novelist Nicola Griffith as well as US writer Trebor Healey.

This is what the Foundation had to say of their work:

“Trebor Healey and Nicola Griffith are both writers who are unafraid to take risks in their writing, stretching the strictures of genre to ask bigger questions. They use the lens of their LGBT experience as a prism through which universal themes of love, society, and the meaning of life are refracted, disassembled and reassembled in ways that are at once challenging and rewarding to the reader. Their work deepens and enriches the tapestry of LGBT literature: worthy of a place in the modern canon of English literature while expanding the notions of what LGBT literature can be.”

Nicola’s first book Ammonite was an ambitious and thoughtful science fiction novel exploring what might happen when a member of a technologically advanced civilisation visits a planet in which all males have been wiped out by a virusammoniteAmmonite won a Lambda Literary award and James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction or fantasy, as well as plaudits from the likes of Ursula Le Guin.

Her follow up, Slow River, kept one foot in the science fiction genre but is set on near-future Earth, a dark and troubled world but recognisably ours. The protagonist, the emotionally damaged daughter of a powerful family, wakes up in an alley with her identity missing, and the book follows her attempt to make sense of family secrets and corporate corruption, and to prevent ecological disaster. Slow River won the Nebula Award and another Lambda.

237642-MNicola followed Slow River with the Aud trilogy: Blue Place, Stay and Always, featuring ex-cop Aud Torbingen (“Aud, rhymes with shroud”), a sexy, strong, intelligent character in a taut crime series dominated by Aud’s struggle to balance toughness and fragility and to allow herself to love. The Blue Place won Nicola yet another Lambda.

With her latest novel Hild (due out in November 2013), Nicola Griffith takes on historical fiction for the first time, in the story of the seventh-century abbess and saint, Hild of Whitby. We’re looking forward to it already!

Congratulations Nicola from everyone at UKLesFic on winning this major award!

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8 Responses to “Nicola Griffith wins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize”

  1. Hannah April 28, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    It is a well-deserved prize! I have read and enjoyed the ‘Aud trilogy’ and am really looking forward to ‘Hild’.

    • Cari Hunter April 30, 2013 at 9:46 am #

      I’m sure the missus will be all over Hild as soon as it comes out. Hopefully, she’ll let me have a peek when she’s done.

  2. nicolagriffith April 29, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Thank you! I’m thrilled by this.

    • Cari Hunter April 30, 2013 at 9:47 am #

      You’re welcome, the honour is very much deserved.

  3. Marlene May 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Well deserved indeed. I have all her books (love them) and am looking forward to Hild.

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