Dinaw Mengestu http://wrkf.org en Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award http://wrkf.org/post/dinaw-mengestu-wins-ernest-gaines-literary-award <p><span class="BodyCopy">The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has announced the winner of this year's Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, which is designed to inspire and recognize rising African-American writers in honor of the renowned Louisiana author. </span></p><p class="BodyCopy">Dinaw Mengestu will accept the award for his novel, How to Read the Air. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked to him about the challenges of writing fiction and the underlying message in his novel.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 06:00:00 +0000 Tegan Wendland 2743 at http://wrkf.org Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award