American Book Awards

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American Book Awards
Awarded for Books
Date 1978
Country United States
Official website beforecolumbusfoundation.com/aba.html

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.[citation needed] Almost every Award recognizes a particular work by an American author[citation needed][clarification needed] without restriction to race, sex, ethnic background, or genre. In 2000 there were two Lifetime Achievement awards, one Editor award, and one Journalism award. There have been several subsequent awards for lifetime achievement and a few to editors.[2]

Current rendition[edit]

The 34th annual American Book Awards were announced September 19, 2013, and they will be presented November 23 at the Miami Book Fair International on the Miami Dade College campus.[3]

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.[4]

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.[2] 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[2]

2001
2002[5]
2003[5]
2004[5]
2005[5]

Journalism: Bill Berkowitz

2006[5]
2007
2008[2]
2009

2010 to date[edit]

2010[2]
2011[6]
2012[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For Immediate Release:" (August 5, 2010). Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "The Before Columbus Foundation announces the ... {2013 winners}". Before Columbus Foundation. Press release September 19, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
  4. ^ "History Of The National Book Awards". National Book Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e "... The American Book Awards" (Index to lists of winners through 2006). Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "Winners of the 2011 American Book Awards". Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved July 7, 2012.