We're pleased to announce that Chris Payne’s Asylum has won the 2010 Ken Book Award given by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC-Metro (NAMI-NYC Metro). NAMI-NYC Metro is a grassroots organization that provides support, education, and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. NAMI-NYC Metro works collaboratively with state and national affiliates to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma, and improve the mental health system.
The Ken Book Award honors authors whose works have shed light on the realities of mental illness. Previous awardees have included Jane Pauley, Quincy Jones, Wally Lamb, Sylvia Nasser, Rick Moody, Kay Jamison, Simon Winchester, Sherwin Nuland, and Andrew Solomon.