American Book Awards

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American Book Awards
Date1978–present
CountryUnited States
Hosted byBefore Columbus Foundation
Websitebeforecolumbusfoundation.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, Derrick Bell, Robin D.G. Kelley, Joy Harjo and Tommy J. Curry.

National Book Awards[edit]

In 1980, the unrelated National Book Awards was renamed American Book Awards. In 1987 it was renamed back to National Book Awards.[5] Other than having the same name during this seven-year period, the two awards have no relation.

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
2001
2002[7]
2003[7]
2004[7]
2005[7]
2006[7]
2007
2008[6]
2009

2010 to present[edit]

2010[6]
2011[8]
2012[6]
2013[9]
2014[10]
2015[11]

2016[12]

2017[13]

  • Rabia Chaudry Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial (St. Martin's Press)
  • Flores A. Forbes Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration (Skyhorse Publishing)
  • Yaa Gyasi Homegoing (Knopf)
  • Holly Hughes Passings (Expedition Press)
  • Randa Jarrar Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (Sarabande Books)
  • Bernice L. McFadden The Book of Harlan (Akashic Books)
  • Brian D. McInnes Sounding Thunder: The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow (Michigan State University Press)
  • Patrick Phillips Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • Vaughn Rasberry Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination (Harvard University Press)
  • Marc Anthony Richardson Year of the Rat (Fiction Collective Two)
  • Shawna Yang Ryan Green Island (Knopf)
  • Ruth Sergel See You in the Streets: Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (University of Iowa Press)
  • Solmaz Sharif Look (Graywolf Press)
  • Adam Soldofsky Memory Foam (Disorder Press)
  • Alfredo Véa The Mexican Flyboy (University of Oklahoma Press)
  • Dean Wong Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown (Chin Music Press)
  • Nancy Mercado Lifetime Achievement
  • Ammiel Alcalay Editor/Publisher Award: Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative

2018 [14]

2019 [15]

2020[16]

  • Reginald Dwayne Betts, Felon: Poems (W.W. Norton)
  • Sara Borjas, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff (Noemi Press)
  • Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, Tate Swindell, editors, Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman (City Lights)
  • Staceyann Chin, Crossfire: A Litany for Survival (Haymarket)
  • Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina & Corina: Stories (One World)
  • Tara Fickle, The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities (New York University Press)
  • Erika Lee, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States (Basic Books)
  • Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police (Pantheon)
  • Jake Skeets, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (Milkweed Editions)
  • George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker, They Called Us Enemy (Top Shelf Productions)
  • Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin)
  • De'Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • Albert Woodfox with Leslie George, Solitary: My Story of Transformation and Hope (Grove Press)
  • Lifetime Achievement: Eleanor W. Traylor
  • Editor Award: The Panopticon Review, Kofi Natambu, editor
  • Publisher Award: Commune Editions, Jasper Bernes, Joshua Clover, and Juliana Spahr, editors
  • Oral Literature Award: Amalia Leticia Ortiz
  • Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award: Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy, edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For Immediate Release:" (August 5, 2010). Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2012. Archived July 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Previous Winners of the American Book Award" (PDF). Before Columbus Foundation. 2002. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "About". Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "American Book Awards". Before Columbus Foundation. Archived from the original on September 13, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "History Of The National Book Awards". National Book Foundation. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 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.
  7. ^ a b c d e "The Before Columbus Foundation announces the American Book Awards" (Index to lists of winners through 2006). Alaska Native Knowledge Network (ankn.uaf.edu). Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Winners of the 2011 American Book Awards" Archived May 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  9. ^ "The Before Columbus Foundation announces the ... {2013 winners}". Before Columbus Foundation. Press release September 19, 2013. Retrieved October 16, 2013. Archived December 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "(For Immediate Release) ... Winners of the Thirty-Fifth Annual American Book Awards" (PDF). Before Columbus Foundation. August 18, 2014. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "(For Immediate Release) ... Winners of the Thirty-Sixth Annual American Book Awards". Before Columbus Foundation. July 20, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2015.
  12. ^ "For Immediate Release: The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Thirty-Seventh Annual American Book Awards" (PDF). August 12, 2016.
  13. ^ "For Immediate Release: The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Thirty-Eighth Annual American Book Awards" (PDF). August 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "For Immediate Release: The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Thirty-Ninth Annual American Book Awards" (PDF). August 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "For Immediate Release: The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Fortieth Annual American Book Awards" (PDF). August 19, 2019.
  16. ^ Before Columbus Foundation. "The Before Columbus Foundation announces the winners of the Forty-first Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS" (PDF). Before Columbus Foundation. Retrieved September 20, 2020.