January 28, 2023

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2022 Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction

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The Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction 2022 was awarded to Khadija Abdalla Bajaber for her debut novel The House of Rust. The novel is a coming-of-age story steeped in Swahili and Hadrami culture, in which Aisha, a young girl in Mombasa, Kenya, embarks on a sea voyage in an enchanted boat made from a skeleton to save her father rescue.

Like other honorees, Khadija Abdalla Bajaber is honored with the annual Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction of $25,000. Her book was selected from nine nominated books by the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize Literary Trust. This year’s judges were Adrienne Maree Brown, Becky Chambers, Molly Gloss, David Mitchell and Luis Alberto Urrea.

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