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.

Shawn Wong Lectures at University of Washington

Wong is a Professor of English at the University of Washington and a founding member of the Before Columbus Foundation. Coverage of his lecture discussing Asian-American literary classic No-No Boy from Friends of University of Washington Libraries:

Video footage of the lecture:

Wajahat Ali Critiques Media Response to Trump

The CNN commentator states in an interview with Salon that “we knew what would happen” under Trump, but the media just played along. Ali sits on the Board of Directors of the Before Columbus Foundation. Link below:

https://www.salon.com/2020/02/03/cnns-wajahat-ali-we-knew-what-would-happen-under-trump-but-the-media-just-played-along/?fbclid=IwAR25KaGZkeu24jwTXjHHFS75K9XfT4iK_FwbClGyOylcTq1Pt9XxBENieAE

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

Donate to the Before Columbus Foundation

Supporters may now donate to the Before Columbus Foundation via PayPal. Your donation will support the American Book Awards, as well as lectures and performances by Foundation members and associates. If you prefer to donate using another method, please contact us.

C-Span Footage of 2019 American Book Awards Ceremony

https://www.c-span.org/video/?465307-1/2019-american-book-awards

The American Book Awards were hosted November 1, 2019 at the San Francisco Public Library.