Category Archives: American Book Awards

Deepa Iyer on the impact of ICE in courtrooms for Colorlines

Iyer won the 2016 American Book Award for “We Too Sing America”. With Archi Pyati:

Cambridge Scholarly Publishing releases “American Multiculturalism in Context”, a compilation helmed by Ishmael Reed

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of American Multiculturalism in Context: Views from at Home and Abroad, edited by Sämi Ludwig.

In March 2015, a group of experts from four continents and a wide range of disciplines met with the leading African American writer Ishmael Reed in Mulhouse, France, and Basel, Switzerland. Guided by Swiss cultural and literary theorist Sämi Ludwig, and deliberately migrating back and forth across a political border in the heart of Europe, they not only listened to Reed and discussed his work, but also looked more widely at the different meanings assigned to “multiculturalism” in the United States, Europe, and other parts of the world. This volume brings together their reflections.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

American Multiculturalism in Context: Views from at Home and Abroad can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Editor

Sämi Ludwig is a Professeur des Universités at the University of Upper Alsace Mulhouse, France. He received his education at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and has published in REAL, AmerikaStudien, Mosaic, the Cambridge Companion to Toni Morrison, The African American Review, and The Journal for Asian American Studies. In his PhD thesis on intercultural communication in the work of Maxine Hong Kingston and Ishmael Reed, he outlined a theory of the metaphorical tracing of the intention constructions of the other. His second book, titled Cognitive Realism: The Pragmatist Paradigm in American Literary Realism, focuses on the convergences of American Realism and pragmatist theory, and was published in 2002. In addition to intercultural issues and questions of cognitive and pragmatist approaches to literature, he is also interested in the big picture of literary history and colonial American culture, and occasionally writes about poetry.

Table of contents linked from AEDEAN (Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies):


Laila Lalami speaks at Catawba College

Author Laila Lalami received an American Book Award in 2016 for The Moor’s Account. She appeared at Catawba College to speak this March. Coverage from the Salisbury Post:

Video Footage from the 2016 American Book Awards ceremony

Justin Desmangles presenting the award for Nick Turse’s Tomorrow’s Battlefield:

Playwright and author Genny Lim presents Arthur Dong with the American Book Award for Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs, 1936-1970:

Lauret Savoy interview discusses connection between locations’ names and history

Savoy receieved an American Book Award in 2016 for Trace: Memory, History, and the American Landscape. She speaks with High Country News about the book here:

Nancy Isenberg interviewed by Konch Magazine

Nancy Isenberg receieved the Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award from the American Book Awards in 2016. She is interviewed by Justin Desmangles, Chair of Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors, for Ishmael Reed’s online publication, Konch Magazine

Laila Lalami, American Book Award Recipient, interviewed by Boston Globe

The interview discusses the author’s reading habits, and more. Lalami won an American Book Award in 2016 for The Moor’s Account.

Deepa Iyer shares a Letter to the Revolution

Iyer receieved the 2016 American Book Award for We Too, Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. She directs her letter to “younger South Asian sister-activist-warriors”.

Marlon James announces new book trilogy

Author and Before Columbus board member Marlon James, recipient of the American Book Award and Man Booker prizes, announces a new book series: The Dark Star Trilogy.

Robin D.G. Kelley, American Book Award recipient, and Connie Rice, lawyer and civil rights activist, discuss police accountability

Video courtesy of Tavis Smiley.

Connie Rice is one of America’s most influential lawyers. Rice has taken on public school and transit systems, death row, the states of Mississippi and California and the L.A.P.D. and won—in court, on the streets and in prisons. She’s also known for co-authoring a report that revolutionized Los Angeles’ law enforcement policies and outreach to gangs. Rice was co-director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s L.A. office and co-founded the nonprofit Advancement Project, which provides support for organizations working for racial and social justice. Rice is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law, she chronicled her life in the trenches of civil rights law in her memoir, Power Concedes Nothing. Robin D. G. Kelley is a professor of history at UCLA. His research explores the history of social movements in the U.S., the African Diaspora, and Africa as well as black intellectuals; music; visual culture and contemporary urban studies. His essays have appeared in a wide variety of professional journals and publications, including the Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Black Music Research Journal, African Studies Review, New York Times (Arts and Leisure) and New York Times Magazine, to name a few.