Lis Anna-Langston from South Carolina wins the 2020 Independent Press Award in the Best New Fiction category for her book Tupelo Honey.
A young adult novel, Tupelo Honey, is set in rural Mississippi and follows the life of the eponymous character, Tupelo Honey, and her “pretty dysfunctional family”. From a mother who is a drug addict, characters with mental illness, to “a cast of southerners” – Lis Anna-Langston has “written rich, vivid characters and painted a vibrant mosaic of a year in one young southern girl’s life.” Lis Anna-Langston is a “loveable, engaging, original voice” (Publishers Weekly).
The South Carolina author of Tupelo Honey won from a longlist of submissions from countries including Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, India, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden. According to Gabrielle Olczak, awards sponsor:
“We are thrilled to announce the winners and distinguished favorites in our annual 2020 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD. This year included a myriad of excellent independently published books. It is clear that independents are prospering in every corner of the earth. We are so proud to be highlighting key titles representing global independent publishing.”