Please join the Feminist Press for a celebration of Louise Meriwether and the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize
In celebration of the first annual Louise Meriwether Book Prize, join the Feminist Press and NYC literary community at Pen + Brush for an evening of conversation, readings, and refreshments!
Featuring: Louise Meriwether and 2016 Winner YZ Chin
Plus: Jennifer Baumgardner, Bridgett M. Davis, Florence Howe and other special guests!
About the prize
In 1970 Louise Meriwether published Daddy Was a Number Runner, her novel of life during the post–Harlem Renaissance era. Nearly fifty years later it is considered a classic. Following Paule Marshall’s 1959 Brown Girl, Brownstones, Meriwether’s novel is one of the first contemporary American novels featuring a young black girl as the protagonist. The book inspired the careers of writers such as Jacqueline Woodson and Bridgett M. Davis, among many others.
In honor of Louise Meriwether and her contribution to the literary canon, the Feminist Press and TAYO Literary Magazinehave established an eponymous prize. Each year, we seek the best debut work by women and nonbinary writers of color to continue Meriwether’s legacy.