Category Archives: American Book Awards

Profiles of UC Irvine Professor Frank B Wilderson

He is professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008. Highlights of his work at UC Irvine can be read below:

https://www.humanities.uci.edu/SOH/calendar/story_details.php?recid=1934&fbclid=IwAR1anDbrFs0CHLIf8iqmJBCzn-ZrO79phoM4b__qp6JVqSIiuKFEL35xpE4

His research profiled by Orange Coast:

https://www.orangecoast.com/snapshot/radical-thinker-at-uc-irvine-spreads-afropessimism-wherever-he-goes/?fbclid=IwAR1N7LxMVzcIX4eDDQMSju54kw0UPQ5gyJFJOsFCvTstsKngYz7gWxxfkno

New York Times interviews Frank B. Wilderson

Wilderson answers some questions about his latest book Afropessimism.
He is professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008.

Marlon James receives Inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize


Marlon James’ fourth novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the winner of The LA Times’ inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, is his first foray into fantasy. James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings received the American Book Award in 2015. He now sits on the Board of Directors for the Before Columbus Foundation.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2020-04-17/times-book-prize-winner-marlon-james

Tommy J. Curry Receives Josiah Royce Prize

The Josiah Royce Prize in American Idealist Thought is to be awarded not more than once every five years for a major study in Idealism or other aspects of Roycean thought. Dr. Tommy J. Curry received the 2020 Josiah Royce Prize for his book Another white Man’s Burden: Josiah Royce’s Quest for a Philosophy of white Racial Empire.

Curry’s The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood received the American Book Award in 2018.

https://www.roycesociety.org/prizes.html?fbclid=IwAR0EdPfFFjaq4HUdlzi_RPL0o7UYIYV6lndqjRBzzCXdOFqlO9iqhiIPhEo

Question and Answer with Joy Harjo

The Christian Science Monitor interviews the first Native American poet laureate. Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. She sits on the Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors.

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Author-Q-As/2020/0401/A-Q-A-with-Joy-Harjo-poet-laureate-of-the-United-States?fbclid=IwAR0g4kloBHy6l0BT6ZKdl-5v0YrWSPW4WYSLMIQp0XPJTnOU4A7JdkVQPzE

Coverage of Frank B Wilderson’s “Afropessismism”

Wilderson is a professor of Drama and African American studies at the University of California, Irvine. His book Incognegro:
A Memoir of Exile & Apartheid
received the American Book Award in 2008. From OrangeCoast:

https://www.orangecoast.com/snapshot/radical-thinker-at-uc-irvine-spreads-afropessimism-wherever-he-goes/?fbclid=IwAR1p6MSdQ_ApWjvCHUzgrrcIzdYAwAHqykL5UWGYTc0cip0YbzS6fywfm2M

Marlon James Hosts New Literary Podcast

James sits on the Board of Directors of the Before Columbus Foundation. His novel A Brief History of Seven Killings received the American Book Award in 2015. From The New York Times:

Tommy J. Curry Responsds To Reader Questions

Tommy J. Curry is a Black-American scholar, author and professor of Philosophy. He currently holds a Personal Chair in Africana Philosophy and Black Male Studies at the University of Edinburgh. In an interview conducted over Facebook, Dr. Tommy J. Curry answered questions from the public about his book, The Man-Not:
Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood
, which received the American Book Award in 2018.

https://www.forestoftherain.net/dr-tommy-j-curry-responds-to-facebook-questions-about-his-book-man-not.html?fbclid=IwAR0v8dO8lYKhh2BPwaG5Up0QBkHX2AVmjxLUN1KKUWlO8RFDkWuzU872JDE

Laila Lalami Interviewed by The American Writer’s Museum

Each week, the My America blog series introduces you to one of the writers featured in our newest exhibit My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today. The exhibit is designed to elicit thoughtful dialogue on a wide array of issues with contemporary immigrant and refugee writers delving into questions about writing influences, being multilingual, community, family, duality, otherness and what it means to be American.

Lalami’s novel The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2015.

Ishmael Reed publishes Audiobook “Malcolm and Me”

In 1960, Ishmael Reed, then an aspiring young writer, interviewed Malcolm X for a local radio station in Buffalo, and the encounter cost Reed his job and changed his life. In Malcolm and Me, Reed, the author of such classic novels as Mumbo Jumbo and the winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, reveals a side of Malcolm X the public has never seen before, and explores how the civil rights firebrand influenced his own views on working and living and speaking out, and left a mark on generations of artists and activists. Listen and purchase from Audible at link below:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Malcolm-and-Me-Audiobook/B083MTL2CC?fbclid=IwAR0eO5LT4E9fWUDs6JtyBnN8VM3bdc7j5UnBx9fwmc81-mjLZVfKDTRAzPM