The prize “seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women.”
French novelist and journalist, Fabienne Kanor, has won the 2022 edition of the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize. She wins the commemorative prize for her second novel, Humus.
Administered by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association, the Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize, now in its 18th year, “seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women.” The prize is awarded in honour of Ghanaian novelist, Ama Ata Aidoo, and American social scientist, Margaret Snyder.
Humus, first published in French by Gallimard in 2006, centers on the lives of women who were captured in Ghana, and the trajectory of their lives afterwards. Its English edition was published in 2020 by the University of Virginia Press.
Kanor is the author of D’Eaux douces (2004), Les chiens ne font pas des chats (2008), Anticorps (2010), Faire l’aventure (2014), and other works including film. She obtained degrees in modern literature and sociolinguistics at the University of Orléans and Tours.
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