Aimee Hall has won the prestigious Booker Prize for her memoir ‘I Don’t Care Who I am’ published by Simon & Schuster.
Hall won the prize for her “courageous, insightful and thought-provoking” account of her father’s death, the American Book Award announced Wednesday.
Her work is a testament to the power of the imagination and the ability of those with different backgrounds to speak from their hearts and their souls, Hall said in a statement.
The award-winning author also won a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for The Hunger Games and has received two MacArthur Fellowships.
Hall’s work has been translated into 16 languages, including Portuguese and German.
The Pulitzer Prize is presented annually by the New York Public Library and is awarded for “a novel, short story, memoir, biography, play, film, radio drama, playwright, or other work that in the past five years has gone to the New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, or Washington Post.”
Hall was selected to receive the award because she has used the term “transparently honest” in her books and because her characters are human and they are flawed, she said in her statement.
She was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for ‘I Never Cared’ and for a Booker Prize in Contemporary Fiction for her biography of her mother.
Hall is the first woman to receive an award for a novel.
The first was Nancy Byerly for ‘Daughters of the Dust.’
Hall is also the first African-American woman to be nominated for an American literary award.
Her Pulitzer Prize win comes a month after she won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Her story ‘Lonely Boy’ won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize and is considered to be the most influential work of fiction to emerge from the 20th century.
Hall has also won the Pulitzer, the National Book Award and the National Medal of Arts for her novel ‘Tales from the Deep.’
She is also an Emmy winner for her work on HBO’s ‘Girls’ and her memoir of her childhood.