Ballantine Author Christy Lefteri Wins 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Christy Lefteri’s THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO (Ballantine Books) has won the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize, it was announced on Thursday, April 16. The $35,000 annual award is given to “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.”

Check out the Aspen Words website to watch a video of Lefteri finding out she’s won, her acceptance speech, and her conversation with judge Esmeralda Santiago. ran a terrific interview with Lefteri about the prize, read it here.

Mohsin Hamid’s EXIT WEST (Riverhead Books) won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize in 2018.

Posted: April 24, 2020