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2016 Award Season

Amistad Award Winning Books

NAACP Award Winners

The Pursuit Of Happyness by Chris Gardner,

Obama: From Promise to Power by David Mendell,

The Legs Are the Last To Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned the Hard Way by Diahann Carroll,

Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment by Steve Harvey

Pulitzer Prize & National Book Critics Circle Award Winner

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

BCALA Literary Award Winners

Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings

Obama: The Historic Campaign In Photographs by Deborah Willis and Kevin Merida

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Second Life Of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan

Coretta Scott King Award Winner

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Nominations and Nods

Longlisted for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award

God Loves Haiti: A Novel by Dimitry Elias Leger

Longlisted for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography Award

Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press by James McGrath Morris

NAACP Award Nominees

After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye by Jan Gaye and David Ritz

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

Brooklyn Magazine’s 101 Books to Read this Year

The Mother: A Novel by Yvvette Edwards

San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 10 Books of 2015

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

Library Journal’s Best Media 2015 (Audiobooks)

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

The Root’s 14 of the Best Nonfiction Books by Black Authors

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

15 Powerful Works of Fiction Published by Black Authors

Balm: A Novel by Dolen Perks-Valdez

NPR’s One of the Best Books of 2015

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk

Boston Globe’s The Best Books of 2015

Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk|


Amistad Award Finalists

NAACP Image Award Finalists

Before The Legend: The Rise Of Bob Marley by Christopher John Farley

All Aunt Hagars Children by Edward P. Jones

The Mocha Manual To A Fabulous Pregnancy by Kimberly Allers

Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted by Mo'Nique

Obama by David Mendell

The Legs Are The Last To Go by Diahann Carroll

Beacon Hills High by Mo'Nique

Like Trees, Walking by Ravi Howard

Start Where You Are by Chris Gardner

Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man by Steve Harvey

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

The Great Migration by Eloise Greenfield

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

National Book Award Finalists

Lost In The City by Edward P. Jones

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Autobiography Of My Dead Brother by Walter Dean Myers

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Finalist

I Got Somebody In Staunton by William Henry Lewis

All Aunt Hagars Children by Edward P. Jones

PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award Finalist

Like Trees Walking by Ravi Howard

African America Literary Award Finalists

The Vow by Denene Millner

Confessions Of A Video Vixen by Karrine Steffans

Sex.Lies.Murder.Fame by Lolita Files

Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted by Mo'Nique

5 Minutes And 42 Seconds by TJ Williams

Skinny Cooks Can't Be Trusted by Mo'Nique

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalists

The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke

Before The Legend: The Rise Of Bob Marley by Christopher John Farley

Unburnable by Marie-Elena John

Like Trees, Walking by Ravi Howard

Mr. And Mrs. Prince by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Lambda Literary Award Finalist

5 Minutes And 42 Seconds by TJ Williams