Festival Organizer Winnie M Li Named 2017 Not the Booker Prize Winner

We are pleased to announce to the Clear Lines community that our festival organizer, Winnie M Li, has won the 2017 Not for Booker prize for her debut novel, Dark Chapter.

Dark Chapter, which chronicles the violence and aftermath of a brutal sexual assault of a Taiwanese-American woman in Belfast, was the leader among both readers and the judges panel and beat out four other shortlisted titles for the top prize: Man With a Seagull on His Head by Harriet Paige, The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena Macdonald, Not Thomas by Sara Gethin, and Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout.

Li based Dark Chapter around her own experience of, as she describes, falling between the cracks of the justice system following her sexual assault. It is from this place that Li co-founded Clear Lines as a space to talk about sexual assault — and we are thrilled to be bringing Clear Lines back for its second iteration from Dec. 2-3, 2017. Stay tuned for more details on this year’s programming.

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