At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, translated from French by Anna Moschovakis (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) won the 2021 International Booker Prize, which "aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality fiction from all over the world and to promote the work of translators." The £50,000 (about $70,970) award is split between author and translator.
Chair of the judges Lucy Hughes-Hallett said: "This story of warfare and love and madness has a terrifying power. The protagonist is accused of sorcery, and there is something uncanny about the way the narrative works on the reader. We judges agreed that its incantatory prose and dark, brilliant vision had jangled our emotions and blown our minds. That it had cast a spell on us."
The winners of the 33rd annual Lambda Literary Awards, which celebrate "powerful, necessary writing that centers the LGBTQ experience," were announced virtually this week. See the Lammy winners in 24 categories on Lambda Literary's website.
In addition to the winners, four special honors were awarded: Ana-Maurine Lara received the Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction; the Jim Duggins, PhD Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize went to Sarah Gerard and Brontez Purnell; Nancy Agabian received the Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction; and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers was awarded to Taylor Johnson and T Kira Madden.
"This year's ceremony was a true celebration for us after what has been an unimaginably difficult year for so many," said Sue Landers, executive director of Lambda Literary. "While we couldn't be together in person again this year, we are so excited to be back honoring LGBTQ literature and all of the wonderful writers who make up our community. Congratulations to all of this year's winners."