American Book Awards

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American Book Awards
Date 1978 to the Present
Country United States
Host Before Columbus Foundation
Official website www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com

The American Book Award is an American literary award that annually recognizes a set of books and people for "outstanding literary achievement". According to the 2010 awards press release, it is "a writers' award given by other writers" and "there are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers."[1]

The Award is administered by the Before Columbus Foundation, which established it in 1978 and inaugurated it in 1980, recognizing a list of eight 1979 publications.[2][3] The Award honors excellence in American literature without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre.[4] Previous winners include novelists, social scientists, poets, and historians such as Toni Morrison, Edward Said, Isabel Allende, bell hooks, Don DeLillo, Robin D.G. Kelley, Joy Harjo, and Gary Snyder. A full listing of winners is included below. Since 2000, American Book Awards have also been given for Lifetime Achievement.[5]

Current rendition[edit]

The 35th annual American Book Awards will be presented October 26, 2014 at the San Francisco Jazz Center.[6]

Other ABA[edit]

For seven years 1980 to 1986, there were two distinct sets of American Book Awards. The other is now officially one stage of the National Book Awards (NBA) history.

The National Book Foundation is responsible for the National Book Awards (U.S.) from 1989 and officially recognizes a continuous NBA history from 1949/1950. Part of that history is those so-called American Book Awards that formally replaced the National Book Awards after their 1979/1980 cycle, were revamped for 1984, and were renamed "National" in 1987.[7]

The American Book Award is also unrelated to the American Booksellers Association (ABA), although that organization maintains a complete list of award winners that is readily available.[5] Since the 1970s that trade group is also unrelated to the National Book Awards, which it established in 1936 and jointly re-established them as book industry awards in 1950.

Recipients[edit]

1980 to 1989[edit]

1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989

1990 to 1999[edit]

1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999

2000 to 2009[edit]

2000

Editor/Publisher: Ronald Sukenick[5]

2001
2002[9]
2003[9]
2004[9]
2005[9]

Journalism: Bill Berkowitz

2006[9]
2007
2008[5]
2009

2010 to date[edit]

2010[5]
2011[10]
2012[5]
2013[11]
2014[6]
  • Andrew Bacevich, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, Metropolitan Books
  • Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Black Against Empire; The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, University of California Press
  • Juan Delgado (poetry) and Thomas McGovern (photography), Vital Signs, Heyday Books
  • Alex Espinoza, The Five Acts of Diego León, Random House
  • Jonathan Scott Holloway, Jim Crow Wisdom: Memory and Identity in Black America Since 1940, University of North Carolina Press

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For Immediate Release:" (August 5, 2010). Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  2. ^ "Previous Winners of the American Book Award". Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Before Columbus Foundation". Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Before Columbus Foundation". Retrieved September 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n American Booksellers Association (2013). "The American Book Awards / Before Columbus Foundation [1980–2013]". BookWeb. Archived from the original on March 13, 2013. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
    The Booksellers presentation begins with unattributed quotation from the Awards press release, a primary source used here.
  6. ^ a b "Winners of the Thirty-Fifth Annual American Book Awards". Before Columbus Foundation. August 18, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ "History Of The National Book Awards". National Book Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  8. ^ "PREVIOUS WINNERS". American Book Award Winners. Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "... The American Book Awards" (Index to lists of winners through 2006). Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  10. ^ "Winners of the 2011 American Book Awards". Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "The Before Columbus Foundation announces the ... {2013 winners}". Before Columbus Foundation. Press release September 19, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.