Category Archives: American Book Awards

Deepa Iyer’s article from School Library Journal addresses Islamophobia

Iyer received the American Book Award in 2016 for We Too, Sing America.

Standing Up to Islamophobia

Shawna Yang Ryan discusses ‘Green Island’ at Vroman’s Books Pasadena

Yang has received the 2017 American Book Award for her novel Green Island. Video footage from Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz covered in Santa Fe New Mexican

Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz received the American Book Award in 2015 for An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Profiled by the Santa Fe New Mexican

http://www.santafenewmexican.com/pasatiempo/books/readings_signings/native-myth-buster-scholar-roxanne-dunbar-ortiz/article_7e7dfbb1-55fa-5417-9e96-e5e242fc504d.html

Poet Anne Waldman to perform ‘Trance Abyss’ September 19th

Anne Waldman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 American Book Awards. Waldman will read recent work, including her poem Trance Abyss, written in dialogue with Steir’s newest body of work, to be published in the exhibition catalogue Pat Steir. Waldman will be joined by musicians Janice Lowe, James Brandon Lewis, Ambrose Bye, and Devin Brahja Waldman.

NEW YORK | 909 Madison Avenue

Tuesday, September 19, 7 PM

https://www.levygorvy.com/happenings/trance-abyss-a-performance-by-anne-waldman/

Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings to be adapted for video series

Marlon James sits on the Board of Directors for the Before Columbus Foundation. James’ award winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, received an American Book Award in 2015. Melina Matsoukas, director of HBO Series Insecure, is adapting the project for Amazon Studios. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/insecure-director-adapt-man-booker-prize-winning-novel-amazon-studios-1042835

Laila Lalami, American Book Award winner, interviewed by the Pen Center

The Pen Center presents Member Spotlight: Laila Lalami. Lalami received the American Book Award in 2016 for The Moor’s Accounthttps://www.penusa.org/member-features

Shawna Yang Ryan receives 2017 American Book Award for ‘Green Island’.

Taiwan-American author Shawna Yang Ryan named winner of 38th American Book Award for novel ‘Green Island’. Coverage by Taiwan News. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3233605

American Book Award for Ammiel Alcalay, Lost & Found.

CUNY-Grad Center Professor Ammiel Alcalay is the recipient of an American Book Award for his accomplishments as the founder and editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. From the Poetry Foundation https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2017/08/congratulations-to-ammiel-alcalay

New Poetry and Interview from Joy Harjo, via the Poetry Foundation

Joy Harjo received an American Book Award in 2013 for Crazy Brave. The Poetry Foundation has published two recent poems, and an in-depth interview.

“How to Write a Poem in a Time of War”: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/143934/how-to-write-a-poem-in-a-time-of-war

“Tobacco Origin Story, Because Tobacco Was a Gift Intended to Walk Alongside Us to the Stars”: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/143932/tobacco-origin-story-because-tobacco-was-a-gift-intended-to-walk-alongside-us-to-the-stars

Interview with Layli Long Soldier: “Beyond Language: Joy Harjo, on writing her life in poetry.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/articles/141949/beyond-language

Nick Turse, American Book Award recipient, critiques Ken Burns’ Vietnam War film

Nick Turse has received American Book Awards in 2014 for Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, and in 2016 for Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa.

From the Intercept: https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/the-ken-burns-vietnam-war-documentary-glosses-over-devastating-civilian-toll/