Ethiopian born writer and author of Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, Maaza Mengiste, narrowly missed out on the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction, coming second behind eventual winner Chang-rae Lee. Lee won the fiction prize for his book, “The Surrendered” and Wilbert Rideau won the nonfiction prize for his memoir, “In the Place of Justice.”
The awards will be formally presented at a special ceremony in November.
Mengiste’s debut novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze was also previously shortlisted for the 2010 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In the book, she writes about a family caught in the middle of the Ethiopian revolution that shook the country back in 1974.
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