Thalia Field nominated the Irish-Canadian writer Anakana Schofield:
Who makes a difference if no one will say or sweat the hard stuff, or ask questions others are happily ignoring? What is the power of literature if no one is willing to transform the daily bullshit into song, to challenge readers not only with new forms and new stories, but also with humor where we wouldn't expect it, and a sense of theatricality where dry description is all we're used to? The answer is the singular and unique Anakana Schofield, who I've been privileged to be penpals with for a few years.
She has given me a new outlook on literary courage. AK has the sort of honesty that I would want to have for myself in all things. She has changed my relationship to contemporary literature because she puts herself in the conversation with books, defending good work and good writers against mediocrity and small-minded careerism. AK will be the force that ruptures the precious anti-intellectualism and timidity of maintream publishers, along with the sexism that holds women writers to ridiculous standards of both literary and extra-literary domesticity.
Mostly I admire AK because of her novels. Her books explode, even when they're quiet. They dance, even when they're quaking. Her language can't be anything but exquisite, precise -- and again, mostly, she never loses the power of humor to connect everything we've forgotten is connected.
Work by Anakana Schofield: