Bernice L. McFadden was born and raised in Brookly, New York. In 1997, she quit her job and dedicated seven months to writing the novel that would become Sugar.
Ms. McFadden is no stranger to GOG. Her debut novel Sugar was awarded our 2000 New Author of the Year award. She has made our reading list two additional times: A Gathering of Waters (2013) and The Book of Harlan (2018).
In addition to being our 2018 Author of the Year, she was also awarded the 2017 American Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction. The Book of Harlan, in which a jazz musician is imprisoned at Buchenwald after migrating from the U.S. to Paris in the 1930s, was called “simply miraculous” by The Washington Post, and listed as a notable work of 2016. In 2017 it was announced that Book of Harlan would be adapted into a film by director Mark Tonderai.
Ms. McFadden is also a four-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of four awards from the BCALA. Praise Song for the Butterflies is her latest novel.