Before Columbus board member Wahajat Ali discusses Muslim experience

Award winning playwright and Al Jazeera America host Wahajat Ali discusses being Muslim in the aftermath of terror attacks. From the British Broadcasting Company’s World Service Radio.


Joe Sacco, American Book Award Winner, reflects on satire

Joe Sacco won the American Book Award 1996, for his book with Edward Said, “Palestine”. He responds to Charlie Hebdo in this cartoon [Graphic Imagery]

Ishmael Reed discusses the state of literature and influences with Al Young

Watch Ishmael Reed and Al Young discuss their influences and the state of literature in this 2008 video clip.

Seth Rosenfeld, American Book Award winner, lectures January 21st, 2015

Seth Rosenfeld received the American Book Award for his book, Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power

American Book Award Winner Houston Baker’s new release

 New from American Book Award winner, Houston Baker, “The Trouble With Post-Blackness” coming February 2015.

C-Span video clip excerpt of 2014 American Book Awards ceremony

Juan Delgado, Thomas McGovern, accepting the American Book Award 2014, for Vital Signs (Heyday, 2013)

2014 American Book Awards broadcast on C-SPAN BookTV

The Before Columbus Foundation presents the winners of the 35th annual American Book Awards. This year’s winners are Andrew Bacevich, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country; Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin, Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party; Juan Delgado and Thomas McGovern, Vital Signs; Alex Espinoza, The Five Acts of Diego Leon: A Novel; Jonathan Scott Holloway, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory & Identity in Black America Since 1940; Joan Naviyuk Kane, Hyperboreal; Jamaica Kincaid, See Now Then: A Novel; Tanya Olson, Boyishly; Sterling Plumpp, Home/Bass; Emily Raboteau, Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora; Jerome Rothenberg and Heriberto Yepez, Eye of Witness: A Jerome Rothenberg Reader; Nick Turse, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam; Margaret Wrinkle,Wash: A Novel; and Koon Woon, Water Chasing Water. A Lifetime Achievement award is presented to author Michael Parenti and an Anti-Censorship Award is given to critic Armond White. The ceremonies were held October 26, 2014, in San Francisco, at the SFJazz Center, in the Joe Henderson Lab. They will broadcast on C-Span BookTV, Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 3 p.m. Eastern.
Pictured here, left to right, Thomas McGovern, Koon Woon, Joshua Bloom, Jill Kolongowski (accepting for Tanya Olson), Sterling Plumpp, Emily Raboteau, Waldo E. Martin, Michael Parenti, Juan Delgado, Margaret Wrinkle, Alex Espinoza


George Lewis, American Book Award winner, participates in panel discussion of AACM

George Lewis, winner of the American Book Award for A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music, in conversation with Muhal Richard Abrams, Frederick Berry, and Roscoe Mitchell. Charles Kronengold: Moderator

American Book Award recipient Will Alexander to perform at City University of New York Graduate Center event

This evening will be viewable online via live stream and include a reading and performance by the poet and essayist Will Alexander (winner of the American Book Award 2013), followed by a conversation with Marcella Durand, Brent Hayes Edwards, Aldon Nielsen, and Evie Shockley exploring Alexander’s work and his most recent publication from Litmus Press, Towards the Primeval Lightning Field. – December ninth. See more at:—towards-primeval-lightning-field#sthash.9GLWctI8.dpuf

American Book Award winner Nick Turse discusses his investigation of US’ AFRICOM military operation

American Book Award winner, Nick Turse.