2013 Debut-litzer Prizes – Benjamin Busch, Natalie Diaz, and Anakana Schofield
Welcome to the 2013 Debut-litzer episode of Late Night Conversation! This episode features conversations with our winning authors.
Act 1: Pauls speaks with Benjamin Busch whose debut memoir Dust to Dust won the 2013 Debut-litzer Prize in the category of creative nonfiction.
Act 2: Patrick McGinty speaks with Anakana Schofield whose debut novel Malarky won the 2013 Debut-litzer Prize in the category of fiction.
Act 3: Paul speaks with Natalie Diaz whose debut collection of poetry When My Brother Was An Aztec won the Debut-litzer Prize in the category of poetry.
In his opening monologue, Paul highlights Late Night Library’s 2013 accomplishments and urges every listener to make a year-end, tax-exempt donation . . . “Your generous contribution, however big or small, will vitalize our endeavors toward sustaining book culture, promoting literature in schools and communities, and supporting talented writers early in their careers.”
We’re now accepting submissions for the 2014 Debut-litzer Prizes in the categories of fiction and poetry. ENTER HERE.
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About our guests:
Benjamin Busch is a United States Marine Corps infantry officer, photographer, film director, and actor whose many roles have included Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire. His writing has been featured in Harper’s and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered. Ben lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.
Natalie Diaz is a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes. She attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to Old Dominion for an MFA in writing. Her publications include Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her work was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets and she received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
Anakana Schofield is an Irish-Canadian writer, a literary critic, essayist and broadcaster, contributing to the London Review of Books Blog, The Globe and Mail, CBC Radio, The Guardian, The Irish Times, and the Vancouver Sun. Anakana’s debut novel, Malarky, was published by Biblioasis, a literary press based in Windsor, Ontario, committed to publishing the best poetry, fiction and non-fiction in beautifully crafted editions.