Conn College English professor is finalist for prestigious award

Connecticut College professor Blanche Boyd is one of five finalists for the prestigious 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The finalists were announced Tuesday, and Boyd was named for her novel "Tomb of the Unknown Racist."

The Connecticut College Roman and Tatiana Weller professor of English and the school's writer-in-residence, Boyd is the author of five previous novels and a collection of autobiographical journalism. "Tomb of the Unknown Racist" is the final book in her "The Blacklock Trilogy" featuring protagonist Ellen Burns. The first two novels in the series are 1991's "The Revolution of Little Girls" and 1997's "Terminal Velocity."

The other finalists in the competition are Richard Powers, "The Overstory"; Ivelisse Rodriguez, "Love War Stories"; Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, "Call Me Zebra"; and Willy Vlautin, "Don't Skip Out on Me." The winner, who will be announced on April 29 at a ceremony at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., receives $15,000 and the remaining four finalists get a $5,000 honorarium.

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