Alden Jones, senior affiliated faculty in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing, was awarded the Lascaux Book Prize for her short story collection, Unaccompanied Minors, the third prize the book has won.
“The stories in Unaccompanied Minors are my ‘babies’—the stories I wrote over the course of over almost fifteen years that I consider my personal favorites,” Jones said. “It’s thrilling to win an award that celebrates these stories.”
The Lascaux Book Prize, which comes with $1,000 and a bronze medallion, is awarded by The Lascaux Review, which “provides a showcase for emerging and established writers and artists,” according to its website.
Since its publication two years ago, Unaccompanied Minors has won a New American Fiction Prize and an Independent Publisher Book Award, and was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award.
“The lifecycle of a book is usually very short,” Jones said. “You expect a burst of attention and sales right around the time of the publication date. For Unaccompanied Minors to receive public recognition…two years after its publication is unexpected and exciting.”
Unaccompanied Minors is Jones’s second book. The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia, published in 2013, won the Independent Publisher Book Award in Travel Essays, an IndieFab Award in Travel Essays, and was named a Publisher’s Weekly Top 10 Travel Book and a Huffington Post Best Book of the Year. It also was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay.
Earlier this year, Jones was awarded the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching from Emerson College.