Colorado author Kali Fajardo-Anstine has been nominated for a National Book Award for her book Sabrina & Corina: Stories.
The collection of short stories are about Chicanas living in the American West. The characters deal with gentrification, inequality, violence and migration.
“I think about how the city’s changed so much but underneath those layers of change, my family has always been here,” she told Colorado Matters in April. “This is our heartbeat. This is where we’re from.”
Fajardo-Anstine tweeted that she once thought her book would never get published.
“I am weeping with gratitude. Thank you to the judges for selecting my short story collection about brown women and girls from Colorado,” she said.
Judges will announce the shortlist of books on Oct. 8. One winner from each of the five categories will be announced in November.
Sabrina & Corina has been nominated in the fiction category.