Valeria Luiselli, Mexican award-winning author and professor at Bard College, won the prestigious Rathbones Folio Prize for literature for her book, Lost Children Archive. The awards ceremony was streamed online through BBC on Monday, March 23.
Started in 2014, the annual prize aims to award the best form of literature of the year. Lost Children Archive is Luiselli’s third novel and her first novel written in English. She is the first woman to win the award.
Poet and chair of the judging panel, Paul Farley, said the book that all judges “agreed on as the winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize is a genuinely original and bravura performance of a novel: a road trip, a documentary, a portrait of a family and of the American borderlands, and a journey into the idea of home and belonging… None of which even begins to do justice to this singular, teeming, extraordinary work, which is ‘Lost Children Archive’ by Valeria Luiselli.”
Valeria Luiselli is a Member of the Inter-American Dialogue.