Alum author Jason Mott receives monumental literary honor

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Thursday 07 October 2021

Latest novel ’06, ’08M by UNCW alumnus Jason Mott Hell of a book was selected as one of five finalists in fiction for the 2021 National Book Award – one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.

The book explores injustice and the fear of growing up black in the southern United States and was chosen by the Today’s shows Jenna Bush Hager as a “Read with Jenna” pick.

Mott, a former writer-in-residence in the Creative Writing Department, is the author of two collections of poetry and four novels, including The return, a New York Times bestseller which became the ABC television series “Resurrection”. It was nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2009 and listed by Weekly entertainment as one of their 10 “New Hollywood: Next Wave” people to watch.

The 25 finalists for the 2021 National Book Awards (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature and children’s literature) were selected by a distinguished jury of literary experts. The winners will be announced on November 17 at the 72nd virtual National Book Awards ceremony.

“Getting this far is already a defining career moment,” Mott shared in a Facebook post. “Win or lose on November 17th, the game has already changed for me… I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude.

–Caroline Cropp

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