Ladee Hubbard, who teaches in the Africana studies program at Tulane University in New Orleans, has won the 2017 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence presented by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding work by an African American fiction writer and honors the literary legacy of Ernest Gaines who authored such books at The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1982) and A Lesson Before Dying (1993).
Hubbard was recognized for her debut novel The Talented Ribkins (Melville House, 2017). The book tells the tale of members of an African American family who all possess different super powers.
Dr. Hubbard was born in Massachusetts and was raised in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is a graduate of Princeton University in New Jersey. Dr. Hubbard holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.