Wednesday, August 01, 2018

A Bland Boost for Diversity

Sisters in Crime (SinC) has announced that Chicago-area resident Mia P. Manansala has won the 2018 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award. That prize, named in honor of African-American novelist Eleanor Taylor Bland (who produced more than a dozen police procedurals before passing away in 2010), comes with a $1,500 grant designed specifically to help “an emerging writer of color” complete his or her debut crime-fiction work.

According to a SinC news release, Manansala “writes crime fiction featuring a humorous, millennial, Filipina-American protagonist.” Her Web site adds that she’s “the secretary of the Mystery Writers of America (Midwest Chapter), and a member of Sisters in Crime, Banyan: Asian American Writers Collective, the Chicago Writers Association, and the Chicago Nerd Social Club.”

Past recipients of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award are Maria Kelson (2014), Vera H-C Chan (2015), Stephane Dunn (2016), and Jessica Ellis Laine (2017).

FOLLOW-UP: The Gumshoe Site notes that Manansala’s “unpublished debut novel, tentatively entitled Death Comes to ComiKon, would feature Filipina-American amateur detective Sunshine Salinas.”

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