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New Orleans writer, Tulane professor wins Gaines Award

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The debut novel of a New Orleans writer has earned her recognition with this year's Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Ladee (LAY'-dee) Hubbard will be presented with the $10,000 award at a public ceremony in January for her work, "The Talented Ribkins." It was inspired by W.E.B. DuBois' essay, "The Talented Tenth." Hubbard says having her work validated in such a way "is really, really wonderful."

Now in its 11th year, the Gaines Award is given annually by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors to recognize outstanding work from rising African-American fiction writers, while honoring Louisiana native Ernest Gaines' contributions to the literary world. It will be presented to Hubbard Jan. 18 in Baton Rouge.

Crystal Wilkinson took home the award last year for "Birds of Opulence."

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