Naomi Klein and VV Ganeshananthan Win Inaugural Women’s Prizes

Canadian writer and activist Naomi Klein has won the inaugural Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction for her book “Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World,” a personal account of her plunge into the world of online misinformation. The critically acclaimed 2023 work delves into the impact of the digital world, including social media and AI, on our culture, politics, and identity.

Similarly, American author VV Ganeshananthan received the Women’s Prize for Fiction for her second novel, “Brotherless Night,” which depicts a family fractured by the Sri Lankan civil war.

The winners were announced at a ceremony in central London on Thursday evening, with each prize coming with £30,000 (€35,000) in prize money.

Both winners referenced the conflict-clouded international situation, highlighting the divisions over the Israel-Hamas war and corporate sponsorship of the arts that the arts world is currently grappling with.

The fiction prize was founded in 1996, and past winners include Zadie Smith, Tayari Jones and Barbara Kingsolver, who won last year for “Demon Copperhead.”