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‘Beasts of No Nation’ wins literary prize

Novel about civil war in Africa wins Young Lions Fiction Award
/ Source: The Associated Press

The 23-year-old author of a novel about civil war in a West African country has been named this year’s winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award, a $10,000 prize for emerging writers presented by the New York Public Library.

Uzodinma Iweala, cited for his novel “Beasts of No Nation,” received the award Wednesday night at a ceremony featuring readings by actors Ethan Hawke and Terrence Howard.

Previous winners include Jonathan Safran Foer and Colson Whitehead.