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Monique's novel nominated for national award

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Her granparents live in Hodgenville

By The Staff

Debut novel “Suicide Diaries” has brought author Ebonee Monique recognition from the African American Literary Show. The group nominated her as Breakout Author of the Year.

Monique, the granddaughter of the late Howard and Margaret Curle of Hodgenville, released the book in February.

“My initial reaction, of course, was disbelief,” said Monique. “I couldn’t wrap my mind around being nominated for a national award and being on a roster with such experienced and respected veterans – all for doing something I love.”

Monique, a Florida A&M University alumnus and former college radio personality, said her first novel was therapeutic. 

“My first love committed suicide,” Monique said. “So, I didn’t start out writing the book with fame, popularity, notoriety or even releasing a book in mind; I was writing to heal.”

Monique said she started writing because of her grandmother Margaret, a long-time community correspondent for The LaRue County Herald News.

The African American Literary Award Show will take place Sept. 24 in Harlem, N.Y. Online voting for the nominations will end Sept. 4.

Monique lived in Kentucky for a summer, interning at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom. Her next book, “Walk a Mile,” is set in Louisville.

For more information about the award show, visit literaryawardshow.com/voting.html.