Wajahat Ali discusses the politics of Muslim-American names

Journalist and Before Columbus Foundation board member Wajahat Ali discusses considerations Muslim Americans face when choosing names in this article for the New York Times:


Anne Waldman, American Book Award recipient, interviewed

Find the interview of 2015’s recipient of the American Book Award for Lifetime Achievement below:

The American Library Association accepting applications for “Native Voices” Traveling Exhibition

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, on behalf of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), is now accepting applications for Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness, a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.

Find more information and apply below:

Pew Research Center study affirms importance of libraries

See details of the studies’ findings from the ALA Washington’s District Dispatch:



Joy Harjo discusses Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement in poetry

Joy Harjo, acclaimed poet and Before Columbus Foundation board member, discusses receiving the Wallace Stevens Award with Indian Country Today Media Network:


Ishmael Reed interviewed at 2015 National Book Festival

Video footage of Ishmael Reed’s interview at the 2015 National Book Festival below:

Celebrating Library Card Sign-up Month

September is national Library Card Sign-up Month. Support your local library by signing up for a card: resources available at ilovelibraries.org/library-card.


Armond White reviews Straight Outta Compton

American Book Award winner, Armond White, reviews hip-hop group N.W.A.’s biopic film Straight Outta Compton for the National Review.

Hisham Aidi on reparations for Namibia

2015 American Book Award winner, Hisham Aidi, discusses Namibia’s quest for reparations from Germany with Al Jazeera News.

Media Coverage of 2015 American Book Awards

See what some news outlets have been reporting about this year’s American Book Award recipients:

“Santana Memoir among winners of American Book Awards” – WRAL


“Anne Waldman receives Lifetime Achievement Award” – Lion’s Roar


“‘Brief History of Seven Killings’ wins another award” – Twin Cities