Award Winners for 2019 — Press Release

The Carl Brandon Society is pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 Parallax and Kindred Awards. “After a hiatus of several years, we’re very proud to once again highlight outstanding works of speculative fiction written by BIPOC authors—the Parallax—and focused on racial issues—the Kindred,” said CBS steering committee member K. Tempest Bradford.

The winner of the 2019 Carl Brandon Parallax Award is Pet by Akwaeke Emezi from Random House Children’s Books. The 2019 Carl Brandon Kindred Award winner is “Doll Seed” by Michele Tracy Berger published in FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. “The jury considers works published in the preceding year. So, these winners were published in 2019 and selected in 2020,” explained Carl Brandon steering committee member Candra K. Gill. “Both authors will receive a $1000 cash prize in addition to the physical award.”

The honors list for the 2019 Parallax Award is “Mister Dog” by Alex Jennings, “Kali_Na” by Indrapramit Das, “The Freedom of the Shifting Sea” by Jaymee Goh, “Harvest” by Rebecca Roanhorse, A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurence Gidney, and David Mogo: God Hunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa.

The honors list for the 2019 Kindred Award is Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender, “Blood Is Another Word for Hunger” by Rivers Solomon, “Burn the Ships” by Alberto Yáñez, and “A Brief Lesson” in Native American Astronomy by Rebecca Roanhorse.

2019 jury members were Jacqueline A. Gross, Julia Rios, J.G. Stewart, and Yang-Yang Wang.

Details of the upcoming online presentation ceremony will be forthcoming soon.

For jury statements on the awards’ winners and honors lists and a list of previous winners, please visit Nominations for the 2020 Parallax and Kindred Awards are now open; access the nominations form there also.

–The Carl Brandon Society Steering Committee

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Desi authors Tanaz Bhathena (Hunted by the Sky), Tanuja Desai Hidier (Born Confused), Prerna Pickett (If You Only Knew), Karuna Riazi (The Battle), Swati Teerdhala (The Archer At Dawn), and Shveta Thakrar (Star Daughter) gathered for an evening salon celebrating the books, music, art, and people that inspired and influenced their work.

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Asian Diaspora: How Colonization and Migration Changes Cuisine Panel

Food, sharing, cooking and eating is such an important part of many cultures — including survival, family, a sense of place. With over 60% of the world’s population, and a longer history of migration, colonization, empire — food has changed significantly as people have moved.

Listen in as authors Aliette de Bodard, Jaymee Goh, Nibedita Sen, Michi Trota, and Anya Owabout talk about cooking, colonization, and migration.

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