“With Mourner’s Bench, Sanderia Faye announces herself as a bold, at times intoxicating, original voice in American fiction. This is a stunning début.”
Dennis Lehane, author of Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, & Shutter Island
“Reading [this] story, no matter what you believe history might have taught us since, you feel as if the questions of racial justice are not only unresolved but barely yet asked.”
Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
“Brilliantly written, Mourner’s Bench takes the reader back to 1960s small-town Arkansas and tells a story about the public, and private, ways that black and white people worked for or resisted change. A powerful, brilliant book.”
—Vivienne Schiffer, Camp Nine: A Novel
DENTON (UNT), Texas – Sanderia Faye, University of North Texas Ph.D. student in English, has won the nation’s top honor for a debut novel by an African American writer – the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation 2016 Legacy Award.
Faye earned the honor in the Debut Fiction category for her book Mourner’s Bench (University of Arkansas Press), a novel about a woman who gets caught up in the 1960s civil rights movement as told by her 8-year-old daughter. The book is inspired by her love of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird which often made her ask herself, “What if Scout Finch was African American? What would that story be?”read more
Sanderia Faye’s Mourner’s Bench wins the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction.read more
Sanderia Faye’s novel Mourner’s Bench wins for debut fiction.read more
Set in a fictional Arkansas town called Maeby, the novel incorporates figures from Arkansas history like Daisy Bates and civil rights attorney John Walker…read more
The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award TM honors the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. Introduced in 2001, the Legacy Award was the first national award presented to Black writers by a national organization of Black writers. Fiction, nonfiction and poetry honorees are selected in a juried competition. Merit awards are given at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Each October, the award winners are celebrated during a gala that draws hundreds of literary stars, readers, and representatives of the publishing industry, the arts, media, politics, and academia.read more
Dallas — On Friday, the city of Dallas was in mourning, and so was I.
We lost five police officers. They were gunned down at a peaceful protest on Thursday night that took place just a few blocks from where I live. I was at that protest too.read more
In partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System, KUAR introduces community conversations for book lovers, KUAR’s Readers Review. Please click on link below to listen to the Readers Review KUAR’s Readers Review: Mourner’s Bench By KAREN TRICOT...read more
An Evening With Sanderia Faye @ Unitarian Universalist...read more
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