Benjamin Taylor, long-time faculty member of the MFA in Creative Writing Program, has been awarded the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose from the L.A. Times Book Prizes for his memoir The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered.
Taylor's award-winning memoir tells the story of one tumultuous year of boyhood in Fort Worth, Texas, opening with a handshake with JFK, and recalling the changes and revelations of the months that followed. The book was published in 2017 by Penguin Books, and celebrated at the Creative Writing Program's annual Alumni & Faculty Book Party last week.
Taylor is the second author to win the Isherwood Prize, which was awarded for the first time last year to Wesley Lowery. Other finalists for the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes include Joyce Carol Oates, Ron Chernow, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Jesmyn Ward. The awards will be presented in Los Angeles on April 20, 2018.