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.
Ishmael Reed’s new play “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda” returns to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe this October, after a run of sold-out performances and press coverage from the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine, the Observer, the Paris Review and more. Like theater in the time of Bertolt Brecht or the WPA, Reed’s new work (under the direction of multiple AUDELCO winner Rome Neal) challenges the narrative of commercial theater and mainstream historical accounts. Reed’s play brings to the forefront those characters who are absent from “Hamilton, The Revolution”: slaves, Native Americans, indentured servants & Harriet Tubman. Performances of “The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda” take place October 4-27, 2019. Visit http://bit.ly/HauntingLMOct2019 to purchase tickets. RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2942698925956238/
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.
Wong is one of Before Columbus Foundation’s original founders and currently sits on its board of directors.
Shawn Wong is a writer and Professor of English at the University of Washington. He has published two novels, Homebase (1979) and American Knees (1995), and is the editor of many anthologies of Asian-American literature, including Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, which helped establish the field. He has been critical to the rise of Asian-American literature in its writing, teaching, and discussion. When Homebase was first published in 1979, it was the only Chinese-American novel in print in America. As a scholar, Shawn Wong pioneered Asian-American studies and co-organized the first Asian-American writer’s conference. In this interview, we discuss these beginnings, the state of Asian-American literature now, as well as his works and teaching.
San Francisco Public Library is honored to announce its 15th Annual One City One Book main event, #ThereThere by Tommy Orange, presented in partnership with Litquake. Tommy Orange will be at the Main Library in conversation with San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck.
“There There” tells the story of urban Native Americans living in Oakland, CA, depicting a beautiful, compelling, heartbreaking and urgently real landscape of the Native experience living in the Bay Area past and present day.
Throughout the months of October and November 2019, “There There” will be widely available at all San Francisco libraries and at bookstores around the city. We are pleased to offer many events and programs related to #OneCityOneBook, including book talks, themed exhibits, related programs and speakers along with city-wide celebration of Indigenous heritage and the 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Occupation.
This year’s One City One Book program is a joint partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission, Oakland Public Library, City College of San Francisco, and June Jordan School of Equity. Key sponsors are Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Litquake.
LOCATION Koret Auditorium San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin St., San Francisco
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