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News Mon Mar 03 2008

Dwight Okita - The Next Breakthrough Novelist

Local author and playwright Dwight Okita is one of ten finalists for Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award with his novel The Prospect of My Arrival. Set in Chicago in 2025, the novel follows the consciousness of a fetus that has been inserted into the body of a 30-year-old man who must now decide whether or not to be born. You can read excerpts of this book and the work of the other nine finalists on the Amazon page and then vote for your favorite. The winner gets a publishing contract with Penguin to market and publish their work. That's a pretty sweet prize and it's kind of nice that the authors don't have to move into one house together and have their petty squabbles videotaped only to be voted out one at a time week by week. Don't get any ideas, Bravo. (Thanks for sending us the info, Mark!)

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