BOSTON, MA – PEN New England announced that Teju Cole has won the 2012 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for a distinguished first book of fiction for Open City (Random House) and would receive $10,000.
Open City is the story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11. It was published by Random House, named a finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award.
Patrick Hemingway, the son of Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway, will present the prestigious literary award to Mr. Cole on Sunday, April 1, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. TEJU COLE: Writer, art historian, street photographer, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College.
Teju Cole was born in the US (1975) to Nigerian parents, raised in Nigeria and lives in Brooklyn. Author of two books, a novella “Every Day is for the Thief” (published by Cassava Republic Press in 2007 and is at the moment only available in Nigeria) and a novel “Open City”. He is a contributor to the New York Times, Qarrtsiluni, Chimurenga, the New Yorker, Transition, Tin House, A Public Space, etc. He is currently at work on a book-length non-fiction narrative of Lagos, and on “Small Fates”.