“Damnificados” wins Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction

The 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards were presented on October 20, at the Washington Plaza Hotel, Washington D.C. Over 200 people attended. There were poets, novelists, academics, essayists, editors and publishing icons. It was a superb event. Three legendary figures were honored: the long-time civil rights activist-turned-bestselling-author Congressman John Lewis; poet and publisher Haki Madhubuti; and…

“Damnificados” wins Independent Publisher Book Award

Damnificados has won the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. This year the organizers received more than 5,000 entries. They must have some voracious readers on their panels. In the organizers’ own words: “Each year since 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards competition has identified a reading list of progressive, thought-provoking books, the kind…

“Damnificados” named a finalist for the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year

This just in from Foreword Reviews: We are pleased to announce Damnificados has been recognized as a finalist in the 19th annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. As part of their mission to discover, review, and share the best books from small, university, and independent publishers, media company Foreword Reviews hosts its annual…

Review of “Damnificados” in World Literature Today

I’m thrilled that Damnificados has just been reviewed in World Literature Today, one of the world’s most venerable literary journals. WLT was founded in 1927, and was originally called Books Abroad. The founder, Dr. Roy Temple House, was Chair of Modern Languages at the University of Oklahoma. House believed that the United States was becoming…

Interview in Electric Literature

                    I was interviewed recently by book critic and educator Heather Scott Partington for Electric Literature. Here are a few extracts: “Magical things happen, but [Damnificados] isn’t Harry Potter. You can’t wave a wand and make poverty disappear.” “I discovered how creative and resourceful the poor…

UK Launch of “Damnificados”

I’m extremely pleased to announce the dates and venues for the UK launch of Damnificados in the first week of July. There will be one event in Bristol and two events in London. My thanks to PM Press and particularly to Camille Barbagallo. See below for more information.

Damnificados reviewed in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s Books Section ensured a great start to 2016 for me. The weekend edition of the paper, January 2-3, included a great review of Damnificados.                 A couple of excerpts from the review: “Mr. Wilson, whose influences run from sci-fi to Steinbeck, tells his underdog…

Damnificados recommended by O: The Oprah Magazine

                  I’m happy to see that my novel Damnificados made the “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” section of Oprah’s O Magazine (January 2016). Besides using the adjective “powerful”, the short review described the novel as “willfully strange.” Yup – that’s about right.

Review of “Damnificados” in the LA Progressive

Many thanks to award-winning author/activist Diane Lefer for her piece about Damnificados, which appeared in the LA Progressive this week. It’s an in-depth appraisal of the novel, which also examines the socio-political conditions of the poor and oppressed (the world of Damnificados).                     Lefer asks, “How…

Damnificados is published!

                                  I’m pleased to say Damnificados has been launched and published, and is available here. The launch took place at Light Hall, Western New Mexico University at the opening ceremony of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word, October…