Detcon1, this year’s North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFIC), has announced Nnedi Okorafor as their Young Adult Author Guest of Honor. Okorafor debut novel, the YA book Zahrah the Windseeker won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Detcon1 will be putting a special focus on YA literature at the convention. In addition to having Ms. Okorafor as a guest, Detcon1 will also present two awards for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction in a joint ceremony with the 2014 Golden Duck Awards.
The African American Arts Alliance of Chicago has announced the nominees for the 12th Annual Black Excellence Awards. This year’s nominees includes a science fiction novel in the fiction category. The nominees for that category are listed below. A full slate of nominees can be found at the link provided.
- Be Careful What You Pray For, by Kimberly Lawson Roby
- Deceit and Devotion, by R.M. Johnson
- Zahara-The Windseeker, by Nnedi Okorafor