Last night in Richmond, Virginia, What the Zhang Boys Know by Clifford Garstang (Press 53), was named winner of the 2013 Library of Virginia Award for Fiction. Garstang’s novel-in-stories was in excellent company when named a finalist along with New York Times Notable Book of the Year The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and National Book Award finalist and winner of the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Back Bay Books).

When asked what winning this award meant to him, Garstang said, “Truly, this is one of the highlights of my writing life. I am especially honored to have had What the Zhang Boys Know considered alongside The Right-Hand Shore and The Yellow Birds, two outstanding books by Christopher Tilghman and Kevin Powers.”clifford-garstang1

Garstang is also the author of the award-winning In an Uncharted Country (Press 53), which won a gold medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards in 2010.