Lorna Dee Cervantes performs When Ishmael Cooks the Gumbo to a full house with accompaniment from the Ishmael Reed Band at Yoshi’s Jazz Club San Francisco on 11/14/11. This event was part of a benefit for the Before Columbus Foundation. Cervantes’ Emplumada earned considerable critical acclaim and continues to be an important work in Chicana literature. In 1982 it won the American Book Award.
BEFORE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION The Raymond House • 655 -13th Street • Suite 302 • Oakland, California 94612 www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com
Justin Desmangles, 916-425-7916
Before Columbus Foundation announces the
of the Fortieth Annual
November 1, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
CA—The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the
Fortieth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS. The 2019 American Book Award
winners will be formally recognized on Friday, November 1, 2019, from
1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Koret Auditorium, San
Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA.
is open to the public.
American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for
outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of
America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is
to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions.
There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The
award winners range from well-known and established writers to
under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for
diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process.
The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive
and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a
description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,”
but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The
Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a
writers’ award given by other writers.
2019 American Book Award Winners are:
Greg Robinson, and Floyd
Okada: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No
of Washington Press)
Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories
House of Early Sorrows: A Memoir in Essays
E. Erdrich (editor)
Poets of Native Nations
Never Sleep: Poems
of Arkansas Press)
There: A Novel
in Blackness: A Memoir
Press of Florida)
Is Us: Fourteen from the Exeter Book
Park: A Novel
Straus and Giroux)
New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Ideologies: Volume I, No Immediate Danger, Volume II, No Good
Willow Wilson (author), Nico
Ishmael Reed’s play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda” premiered at the Nuyorican Poets Café this past Thursday evening. The play aims to provide a historical counterpoint to ‘Hamilton,’ Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway success. Read the review linked below:
The prize is awarded annually by Poets & Writers to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition, and aims to provide what poets need: time and encouragement to write. There is no application process; poets are nominated by a panel of their peers who remain anonymous.
Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. She sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors.