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Boris Fishman wins 2015 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

August 10, 2015

Boris Fishman has won the 2015 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, which honors an outstanding debut novel published during a calendar year. His winning book, A Replacement Life, published by Harper Collins, tells the story of a young Jewish writer whose life spirals out of control when he begins helping his community forge Holocaust reparation claims.  

Fishman will receive the award on Nov. 10 at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he will give a reading and participate in a roundtable and discussion with VCU students and the public. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, located at 922 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia.

For additional details, visit Fishman was one of three finalists for the prize, now in its 14th year. The other finalists were Celeste Ng for Everything I Never Told You and Rebecca Rotert for Last Night at the Blue Angel.

The event is a partnership between the MFA in Creative Writing Program in the VCU Department of English and VCU Libraries.

More about Fishman and the award

Image: Boris Fishman / Content: University Public Affairs

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