Dinaw Mengestu

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Wed January 25, 2012

Dinaw Mengestu Wins Ernest Gaines Literary Award

Author Dinaw Mengestu (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

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.

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.


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