Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

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1st Novelist:
  A kind of freedom: a novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Fiction:  Difficult women by Roxane Gay
Honor book: Sing, unburied, sing : a novel by Jesmyn Ward
Honor book: The tragedy of Brady Sims : a novel by Ernest J. Gaines
Nonfiction: Chester B. Himes : a biography by Lawrence P. Jackson
Honor Book: Defining moments in Black history: reading between the lies by Dick Gregory
Poetry: Incendiary art: poems by Patricia Smith
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: 100 amazing facts about the Negro by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

1st Novelist:
  Grace : a novel by Natashia Deon
Fiction:  Another Brooklyn : a novel by Jacqueline Woodson
Honor book: The underground railroad : a novel by Colson Whitehead
Honor book: The mothers : a novel by Brit Bennett
Nonfiction: Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly
Honor Book: Pushout : the criminalization of Black girls in schools by Monique Morris
Poetry: Counting descent : poems by Clint Smith
Honor Book: Attraversiamo (let's cross over) by Monique Ferrell
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: Olio by Tyehimba Jess

1st Novelist:
  The Turner house by Angela Flournoy
Fiction:  God help the child by Toni Morrison
Honor book: The star side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson
Honor book: Driving the king : a novel by Ravi Howard
Nonfiction: Spectacle : the astonishing life of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk
Honor Book: Showdown : Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court nomination that changed America by Wil Haygood
Honor Book: I am Charlie Wilson by Charlie Wilson with Denene Millner
Poetry: Wild hundreds by Nate Marshall
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: The Jemima code : two centuries of African American cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin

1st Novelist:
  Forty acres : a thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith
Fiction:  Citizens Creek : a novel by Lalita Tademy
Honor book: Saint monkey : a novel by Jacinda Townsend
Honor book: 'til the well runs dry : a novel by Lauren Francis-Sharma
Honor book: Ruby : a novel by Cynthia Bond
Nonfiction: Visible man : the life of Henry Dumas by Jeffrey B. Leak
Honor Book: Life in motion : an unlikely ballerina by Misty Copeland
Honor Book: Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University : building a legacy of Black history by Janet Sims-Wood
Honor Book: The Oxford handbook of African American theology, edited by Anthony B. Pinn and Katie G. Cannon
Poetry: Book of hours : poems by Kevin Young
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance librarian by Ethelene Whitmire

1st Novelist:
  The Supremes at Earl's all-you-can-eat : a novel by Edward Kelsey Moore
Fiction:  The Good Lord Bird : a novel by James McBride
Honor book: The residue years : a novel by Mitchell S. Jackson
Nonfiction: Ebony & ivy : race, slavery, and the troubled history of America's universities by Craig Steven Wilder
Honor Book: Envisioning emancipation : Black Americans and the end of slavery by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer
Honor Book: Kansas City lightning : the rise and times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch
Honor Book: Soul food : the surprising story of an American cuisine, one plate at a time by Adrian Miller
Poetry: Chasing Utopia : a hybrid by Nikki Giovanni
Honor Book: Turn me loose : the unghosting of Medgar Evers : poems by Frank X. Walker
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: Soul train : the music, dance, and style of a generation by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

1st Novelist:
  The twelve tribes of Hattie by Ayana Ma
Fiction:  Freeman :  a novel by Leonard Pitts
Honor book: The cutting season : a novel by Attica Locke
Nonfiction: Benjamin Elijah Mays : schoolmaster of the movement : a biography by Randal Maurice Jelks
Honor Book: Dorothy West's paradise : a biography of class and color by Cherene Sherrard-Johnson
Honor Book: If your back's not bent : the role of the Citizenship Education Program in the civil rights movement
Poetry: Appalachian elegy : poetry and place by bell hooks
Honor Book: If one of us should fall by Nicole Terez Dutton
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: The 21st-century Black librarian in America : issues and challenges, edited by Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako), Julius Jefferson Jr., and Akilah S. Nosakhere

Fiction:  No award
Honor book: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Honor book: The taste of salt by Martha Southgate
Nonfiction: The indignant generation : a narrative history of African American writers and critics, 1934-1960 by Lawrence P. Jackson
Honor Book: Malcolm X : a life of reinvention by Manning Marable
Honor Book: Heat wave : the life and career of Ethel Waters by Donald Bogle
Best poetry: Mule & Pear by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Honor Book: Armageddon of funk by Michael Warr
Honor Book: the new black by Evie Shockley
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: Teenie Harris, photographer : image, memory, history by Cheryl Finley, Laurence Glasco, and Joe W. Trotter

Fiction: Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden
Nonfiction: The other Wes Moore : one name, two fates by Wes Moore
Honor Book: John Oliver Killens : a life of black literary activism by Keith Gilyard
Honor Book: In the place of justice : a story of punishment and deliverance by Wilbert Rideau
First Novel: Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation: Unfinished blues : memories of a New Orleans music man by Harold Battiste Jr. and Karen Celestan

  Buying time by Pamela Samuels Young
Honor books:
  Sag Harbor : a novel by Colson Whitehead; Carried by six : a novel by Allen Ballard
The breakthrough : politics and race in the age of Obama by Gwen Ifill
Honor book:
  Freedom struggles : African Americans and World War I by Adriane Lentz-Smith
First novel:
  My sister's veil by K.C. Marshall
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:
  In search of our roots : how 19 extraordinary African Americans reclaimed their past by Henry Louis Gates

  Trading dreams at midnight by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Honor books:
  Seen it all and done the rest by Pearl Cleage; Where the line bleeds by Jesmyn Ward
Ida : a sword among lions : Ida B. Wells and the campaign against lynching by Paula J. Giddings
Honor book:
  Letter to my daughter by Maya Angelou
First novel:
  Orange mint and honey by Carleen Brice
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:
  Obama : the historic campaign in photographs by Deborah Willis and Kevin Merida

  New England white by Stephen L. Carter
Honor book:
  Cold Running Creek by Zelda Lockhart
Ralph Ellison : a biography by Arnold Rampersad
Honor books:
  Supreme discomfort : the divided soul of Clarence Thomas by Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher; Silent gesture : autobiography of Tommie Smith by Tommie Smith with David Steele
First novel:
  The rise : where neighbors are sometimes more by Chantal Ellen
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:
  Let your motto be resistance : African American portraits by Deborah Willis

  After : a novel by Marita Golden
Honor books:
  Fortunate son by Walter Mosley; Jump at the sun by Kim McLarin
  The audacity of hope : thoughts on reclaiming the American dream by Barack Obama
Honor books:
  A piece of cake : a memoir by Cupcake Brown; Medical apartheid : the dark history of medical experimentation on Black Americans from colonial times to the present by Harriett A. Washington
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:
  Legacy : treasures of black history, edited by Thomas C. Battle and Donna M. Wells

  Third girl from the left by Martha Southgate
Honor books:
  Snake walkers by J. Everett Prewitt; I got somebody in Staunton : stories by William Henry Lewis
  Black crescent : the experience and legacy of African Muslims in the Americas by Michael A. Gomez
Honor books:
  Fighting for America : black soldiers, the unsung heroes of World War II by Christopher Paul Moore; Self-taught : African American education in slavery and freedom by Heather Andrea Williams; Migrating to the movies : cinema and Black urban modernity by Jacqueline Stewart
First novel:
  Freshwater road by Denise Nicholas
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:
  Creating their own image : the history of African-American women artists by Lisa E. Farrington

  Leaving Cecil Street : a novel by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Honor books:
  Robbing Peter by Kia DuPree; Some people, some other place : a novel by J. California Cooper; The blackbird papers by Ian Smith
A continent for the taking : the tragedy and hope of Africa by Howard French
Honor books:
  Wrestling with the muse : Dudley Randall and the Broadside Press by Melba Joyce Boyd; Black titan : A. G. Gaston and the making of a black American millionaire by Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner
First novel:
  The darkest child by Delores Phillips
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:
  Speak, so you can speak again : the life of Zora Neal Hurston by Lucy Anne Hurston


  Hottentot Venus : a novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud
Honor books:  Loving Donovan : a novel in three stories by Bernice L. McFadden; Joshua's bible by Shelly Leanne
Nonfiction:  In black and white : the life of Sammy Davis, Jr. by Wil Haygood
Honor books:  Freedom in the family : a mother-daughter memoir of the fight for civil rights by Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due; Ella Baker and the Black freedom movement : a radical democratic vision by Barbara Ransby
First novel:  The known world by Edward P. Jones
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:  Colored pictures : race and visual representation by Michael D. Harris

I wish I had a red dress : a novel by Pearl Cleage
Honor books:  John Henry Days : a novel by Colson Whitehead; Plain brown wrapper : an Alex Powell novel by Karen Grigsby Bates; West of Rehoboth by Alexs D. Pates
Nonfiction:  Vernon can read! : a memoir by Vernon E. Jordan
Honor books:  On her own ground : the life and times of Madam C. J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles; Hoop roots by John Edgar Wideman
American patriots : the story of Blacks in the military from the Revolution to Desert Storm by Gail Lumet Buckley
First novel:
  Gabriel’s story by David Anthony Durham
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:
  Prime time blues : African Americans on network television by Donald Bogle

  The fisher king : a novel by Paule Marshall
Honor books:  All of me : a voluptuous tale by Venise T. Berry; Sugar by Bernice McFadden
Nonfiction:  Slavery in Florida : territorial days to emancipation by Larry Eugene Rivers
Honor books:  The art and history of black memorabilia by Larry V. Buster; Step into a world : a global anthology of the new Black literature edited by Kevin Powell
First novel:
  Where I’m bound by Allen B. Ballard
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:  W.E.B. DuBois--the fight for equality and the American century, 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis

Ain't nobody's business if I do by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Honor books:  Those bones are not my child by Toni Cade Bambara; The ghost by Marc Olden; Imani all mine by Connie Porter; On the bus with Rosa Parks : poems by Rita Dove
  Homelands and waterways : the American journey of the Bond family, 1846-1926 by Adele Logan Alexander
Honor books:  B. Smith : rituals & celebrations by Barbara Smith; Finding a place called home : a guide to African-American genealogy and historical identity by Dee Parmer Woodtor
First novel:
  Inner city blues by Paula L. Woods
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:  Africana : the encyclopedia of the African and African American experience, edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2d ed. (2005) here)

 The healing by Gayl Jones
Honor books:  A toast before dying : a Mali Anderson mystery by Grace F. Edwards; See no evil by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Nonfiction:  Spirits of the cloth : contemporary African-American quilts by Carolyn Mazloomi
Honor books:  Thurgood Marshall : American revolutionary by Juan Williams; Sacred bond : Black men and their mothers by Keith Michael Brown
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:  The history of Black business in America : capitalism, race, entrepreneurship by Juliet E. K. Walker

  The river where blood is born by Sandra Jackson-Opoku
Honor books:  Only twice I've wished for heaven : a novel by Dawn Turner Trice; The thang that ate my grandaddy's dog by John Calvin Rainey; Tryin' to sleep in the bed you made by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
First novel:  The view from here by Brian Keith Jackson
Nonfiction:  The black notebooks : an interior journey by Toi Derricotte
Honor books:  Jackie Robinson : a biography by Arnold Rampersad; Lest we forget : the passage from Africa to slavery and emancipation by Velma Maia Thomas; An original man : the life and times of Elijah Muhammad by Claude Andrew Clegg III
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation:  Black Classic Press

 Sarah's psalm by Florence Ladd
Honor books:  Flight of the blackbird : a novel by Faye McDonald Smith; Gospel choirs : psalms of survival for an alien land called home by Derrick Bell
First novel:  Push : a novel by Sapphire
Nonfiction:  Sojourner Truth : a life, a symbol by Nell Irvin Painter
Honor books:  America is me : 170 fresh questions and answers on Black American history by Kennell Jackson; Deep sightings and rescue missions : fiction, essays, and conversations by Toni Cade Bambara and edited by Toni Morrison
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing:  Albert Murray (novelist, literature professor, and music scholar)

  RL's dream by Walter Mosley
Honor book:  The good Negress by A. J. Verdelle
Nonfiction:  Brotherman : the odyssey of black men in America, edited by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen
First novel:  An open weave by Devorah Major
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing:  Spooks, spies, and private eyes : Black mystery, crime & suspense fiction, edited by Paula L. Woods

  Rattlebone by Maxine Clair
Honor books:  I hear a symphony : African Americans celebrate love by Paula L. Woods and Felix H. Liddell; Rocking the babies by Linda Raymond
Nonfiction:  I've known rivers : lives of loss and liberation by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
Honor books:  Conversations with God : two centuries of prayers by African Americans edited by James Melvin Washington; Daughters : on family and fatherhood by Gerald Early
First novel:  The serpent's gift by Helen Elaine Lee
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing:  Feeling the spirit : searching the world for the people of Africa by Chester Higgins, Jr.

  A lesson before dying by Ernest J. Gaines
Honor books:  Getting right with God by Lionel Newton; Free enterprise by Michelle Cliff
First novel:  Losing Absalom : a novel by Alexs D. Pate
Nonfiction:  W.E.B. DuBois--biography of a race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis
Honor books:  Nella Larsen, novelist of the Harlem Renaissance : a woman's life unveiled by Thadious Davis
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing:
  Black women in America : an historical encyclopedia edited by Darlene C. Hine