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MFA Student Wins Open Borders Book Prize

Dzank Books Prize Will McGrath

Dzanc Books is pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Dzanc/Disquiet Open Borders Book Prize: Everything Lost Is Found Again by Will McGrath. In addition to publication in Fall 2018, the prize comes with a $5,000 advance. It was selected from a pool of hundreds of manuscripts by the editors of Dzanc Books and the staff of the Disquiet International Literary Festival, held each year in Lisbon, Portugal. 

As funny as it is heartfelt, this amalgamation of memoir and essay collection tells the story of twenty months the author spent in Lesotho, the small, landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa. Driven by a spirit of open-hearted cultural exchange, Everything Lost Is Found Again is a work of joyful absurdity and pop ethnography, an off-kilter celebration of our common human identity.

Dzanc Books Editor-in-Chief Michelle Dotter noted, “Before reading this book, I hadn’t had a chance to get to know Lesotho, but it’s impossible not to love it through McGrath’s eyes. Everything Lost Is Found Again is a narrative of joyful absurdity that hits you with a right hook at just the right time, every time.”

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Will McGrath has written for The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, Foreign Affairs, and others, and has been honored with the Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, Black Warrior Review’s Nonfiction Prize and The Southeast Review’s Narrative Nonfiction Prize. He said of winning the prize: “I’m grateful to the contest judges and Dzanc Books, and I’m thrilled to present my love-drunk ballad to Lesotho. I look forward to sharing this honor with my Basotho friends whose stories fill its pages.”

Will McGrath is a current MFA student in The Creative Writing Programs. Visit his website.