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Thursday, October 11 • 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award Ceremony

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The three finalists for the inaugural Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award will each read from their books before the grand prize is awarded. Hernán Díaz is the author of the novel In the Distance, Elena Georgiou is the author of the story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator, and Renee Macalino Rutledge is the author of the novel The Hour of Daydreams. This post-publication book prize was created to recognize recently published works that illuminate the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants, whose work is historically underrepresented in writing and publishing. Helon Habila, Madeleine Thien, and Maaza Mengiste judged. When speaking about the prize, Habila said: “if America is a country of immigrants as it is often described, then the quintessential American literature would be the literature of immigration…  Hopefully these new voices will make us step back and look at ourselves with new eyes, and new hope and new meaning.” Sponsored by the Institute for Immigration Research.

Authors
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Hernán Díaz

Hernán Díaz is the author of Borges, Between History and Eternity (Bloomsbury 2012), managing editor of RHM, and associate director of the Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. He lives in New York.
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Elena Georgiou

Elena Georgiou is the author of the short-story collection The Immigrant’s Refrigerator (GenPop Books), and the poetry collections Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants (Harbor Mountain Press) and mercy mercy me (University of Wisconsin), which won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist... Read More →
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Renee Macalino Rutledge

Renee Macalino Rutledge was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area from the age of four. A long-time local journalist, her articles and essays have appeared in ColorLines, Filipinas Magazine, Oakland and Alameda Magazine, the San Francisco Bay Guardian... Read More →



Thursday October 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Grand Tier III, Center for the Arts George Mason University
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