Designer Grace Wales Bonner discusses fashion with Ishmael Reed

The London-based artist holds a conversational interview with Ishmael Reed discussing influences, interpretation, and interrelation between art forms. From Interview Magazine.

New York Times covers Ishmael Reed’s play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda”

Ishmael Reed’s play aims to counter misinformation spread by popular Broadway play Hamilton. It is showing at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe in Manhattan. From NYTimes:

Ishmael Reed authors play challenging “Hamilton”

The New York Times has covered Ishmael Reed’s play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda.” The play, directed by Rome Neal, will take aim at what Mr. Reed believes are inaccuracies with “Hamilton.”

Wajahat Ali Joins Interfaith Authors To Respond to US-Mexico Border Crisis

Wajahat Ali is an author, television producer, and sits on the board of directors for the Before Columbus Foundation.

Co-written with William J. Barber, II, Stosh Cotler Sister Simone Campbell.

Anne Waldman’s “Trickster Feminism” Reviewed by New York Times

“A poet takes aim that the literary and political patriarchy”. Anne Waldman was honored for Lifetime Achievement in 2015 by the American Book Awards.

Laila Lalami Announces Upcoming Book Release Tour for “The Other Americans”

“Hi, everybody! My new novel, The Other Americans, comes out on March 26, 2019. It’s a story about home, what makes us leave or draws us back, and I can’t wait to talk to you about it. Come say hi at one of my readings!” – Laila Lalami. Lalami’s The Moor’s Account received the American Book Award in 2016.

Joseph Rios Discusses debut “Shadowboxing: poems and impersonations”

Joseph Rios’ debut collection of writing, Shadowboxing: poems and impersonations received the American Book Award in 2018.

LA Review of Books interviews Victor LaValle

LaValle received the American Book Award in 2010 for Big Machine and again in 2018 for Changeling, which is being developed into a small-screen series. “His books tackle mental illness, poverty, and parenthood in a variety of genres. LaValle’s most recent publications, the H. P. Lovecraft–inspired novella The Ballad of Black Tom and the American Book Award–winning novel The Changeling, are being developed for the small screen by AMC and FX respectively.”…/the-craft-is-all-the-same…#!

Rachelle Cruz’s American Book Award Brings Attention to Region’s authors

Rachelle Cruz is a lecturer at University of California Riverside. Her collection of poetry, God’s Will For Monsters, received the American Book Award in 2018.

Thirty-ninth annual American Book Awards ceremony, October 28th at SF Jazz Center

The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Thirty-Ninth Annual
Ceremonies, October 28, 2018, 12:00–2:30 p.m.

The 2018 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 28, from 12:00-2:30 p.m. at the SF Jazz Center, Joe Henderson Lab, 201 Franklin Street (at Fell), 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.

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