Category Archives: American Book Awards

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/

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

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.

Robin Kelley Examines Controversy Over Victor Arnautauff’s Murals

On June 25, the San Francisco School Board voted to destroy Victor Arnautoff’s Depression-era mural series Life of Washington at George Washington High School because it was deemed racist and demeaning. Some students and educators—as well as school board officials, indigenous groups, and various black and Latinx leaders—have singled out two of the murals, which show enslaved Africans and a disturbing image of a dead Indian. The school board’s decision provoked a national campaign in defense of Arnautoff’s work, with proponents citing First Amendment issues, the importance of historical memory, the failure to grasp the radical intent behind the mural series, and the absurdity of spending $600,000 that could have gone to fund arts education to destroy a work of art.

Robin D.G. Kelley has received the American Book Award. For The Nation:

https://www.thenation.com/article/arnautoff-mural-life-washington/

Salman Rushdie and Marlon James In Conversation

The two met to read and discuss recent works as part of PEN America’s Pen Out Loud series. Salman Rushdie celebrates the release of his newest novel, QUICHOTTE, recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Quichotte is a dazzling, modern take on Don Quixote by a literary master, at once an homage and a unique work of art. Rushdie was joined in conversation by Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James (BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF), to read from his work, and discuss his literary interpretation of a classic. James sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors, and his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings received the American Book Award in 2015.