C-Span has made available video footage of the 2016 American Book Award ceremony. Hosted in San Francisco at the SFJazz Center on October 30, 2016. Emceed by Before Columbus Foundation board Chairman Justin Desmangles, the ceremony features speeches from award recipients and performances from Foundation affiliates.
- Marlon James announces new book trilogy
- Wajahat Ali, journalist and board member of Before Columbus Foundation, interviewed by CNN
- Robin D.G. Kelley, American Book Award recipient, and Connie Rice, lawyer and civil rights activist, discuss police accountability
- Professor Emily Raboteau, American Book Award recipient, interviewed
- David Meltzer, Beat generation poet and musician, has passed