The inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize
, which was announced tonight during a ceremony in New York, was awarded to Mohsin Hamid
‘s Exit West.
The award, which was established this year by Aspen Word
s, is an annual $35,000 prize for “an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.” In a recorded acceptance speech, Hamid said “Exit West
is a novel about migration and how the world is changing — and could change — and how we are all migrants, and how we can find an optimistic future together.” (Make sure you read our review
of Hamid’s award-winning novel).