2019 American Book Award Winners Announced

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BEFORE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION
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August 19, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Justin Desmangles, 916-425-7916

The Before Columbus Foundation announces the

Winners of the Fortieth Annual

AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS

Ceremonies, November 1, 2019, 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Oakland, 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. This event is open to the public.

The 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.

The 2019 American Book Award Winners are:

Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung (editors)

John Okada: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy

(University of Washington Press)

May-lee Chai

Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories

(Blair)

(continued)

Louise DeSalvo

The House of Early Sorrows: A Memoir in Essays

(Fordham University Press)

Heid E. Erdrich (editor)

New Poets of Native Nations

(Graywolf Press)

Ángel García

Teeth Never Sleep: Poems

(University of Arkansas Press)

Tommy Orange

There There: A Novel

(Knopf)

Halifu Osumare

Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir

(University Press of Florida)

Christopher Patton

Unlikeness Is Us: Fourteen from the Exeter Book

(Gaspereau Press)

Mark Sarvas

Memento Park: A Novel

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Jeffrey C. Stewart

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke

(Oxford University Press)

William T. Vollmann

Carbon Ideologies: Volume I, No Immediate Danger, Volume II, No Good Alternative

(Viking)

G. Willow Wilson (author), Nico Leon (illustrator)

Ms. Marvel Vol. 9: Teenage Wasteland

(Marvel)

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Nathan Hare

Editor/Publisher Award:

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

Oral Literature Award:

Moor Mother (Camae Ayewa)

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.

Ishmael Reed updates Konch and Counterpunch

News website Counterpunch.org has published Ishmael Reed’s article investigating how presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has excused police misconduct as mayor of New York City:
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/12/09/bloomberg-condoned-sexual-assault-by-nypd/?fbclid=IwAR0cywk0M90671TFVt0Mb5gspndedGtIw-O3Hai2ztdORT-ZvQbGXYWiZrY

Reed’s online magazine, Konch, has updated its Winter 2020 Issue:
https://www.ishmaelreedpub.com/

Ishmael Reed discusses writing for a global audience

Writer Ishmael Reed is founder of the Before Columbus Foundation. Interviewed by Keisha Blane.

Astra Taylor discusses political climate in interview

Astra Taylor received the 2015 American Book Award for “The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age.”

From The Intercept:

https://theintercept.com/2019/11/10/astra-taylor-intercepted-podcast/?fbclid=IwAR3ew1oKz5iqxf8mT0_85J09unctJyxKe0VN8Xi_g7T9-s5yOVlxvulp_4Q

Arthur Dong discusses latest book in interview


His first book, “Forbidden City, USA: Chinatown Nightclubs 1936-1970,” received the American Book Award. Now, he’s followed it up with “Hollywood Chinese: The Chinese in American Feature Films,” a comprehensive yet intimate look at the Chinese American role and influence in Hollywood.

John Okada’s “No-No Boy” Reviewed In Retrospective

John Okada: The Life & Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy edited by Frank Abe, Greg Robinson, and Floyd Cheung is a winner of the Before Columbus Foundation’s 2019 American Book Awards.

From Inquiries Journal:

http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/articles/1768/trauma-and-silence-in-no-no-boy-an-interdisciplinary-reading?fbclid=IwAR0FNfI3b7EuvU01hJEkDPi_ARIu7ca1YDIxub148tpqHdf3_ghs0zFlzd4

Ishmael Reed’s Latest Play Highlighted for Criticism of Broadway Hit “Hamilton”

The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda is completing its second running at the famed Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe.

From The Washington Square News:

Laila Lalami nominated for National Book Award

Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016. From the LA Times:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2019-09-20/national-book-awards-fiction-longlist-laila-lalami-colson-whitehead?fbclid=IwAR1g1vNuCl0EGx-qTKFEdee_JzEKW72tzfwqN6Z6ED8yCkAZm1i_SdrUqWQ

2019 American Book Awards Ceremony Announced

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. This event is open to the public.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2530241013730587/

Joy Harjo’s “An American Sunrise” Reviewed by New York Times

Harjo was recently named American Poet Laureate by the U.S. Library of Congress, becoming the first Native American awarded the title. Their poetry collection In Mad Love And War received the American Book Award in 1991. The New York Times reviews her latest release.