The American Book Awards recognize "outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term 'multicultural' to be not a description of various categories, groups, or 'special interests,' but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers."

Read more about the American Book Awards and the Before Columbus Foundation, which administers the Award, at this link: http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/


Tributaries (Sun Tracks ) By Laura Da' Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780816531554
Published: University of Arizona Press - April 9th, 2015

In Tributaries, poet Laura Da’ lyrically surveys Shawnee history alongside personal identity and memory. With the eye of a storyteller, Da’ creates an arc that flows from the personal to the historical and back again.

A Curious Land: Stories from Home (Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction) By Susan Muaddi Darraj Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625342652
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - November 29th, 2016

Susan Muaddi Darraj's short story collection about the inhabitants of a Palestinian West Bank village, Tel al-Hilou, spans generations and continents to explore ideas of memory, belonging, connection, and, ultimately, the deepest and richest meaning of home. A Curious Land gives voice to the experiences of Palestinians in the last century.

An excerpt from A Curious Land:

We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future By Deepa Iyer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781620972731
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Published: New Press - March 7th, 2017

Powerful...Iyer catalogues the toll that various forms of discrimination have taken and highlights the inspiring ways activists are fighting back. She] is an ideal chronicler of this experience.
--The Washington Post

NOW IN PAPERBACK The nationally renowned racial justice advocate's illumination of the ongoing persecution of a range of American minorities

Loving Day: A Novel By Mat Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812983661
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Published: One World - September 6th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • “[Mat Johnson’s] unrelenting examination of blackness, whiteness and everything in between is handled with ruthless candor and riotous humor.”—Los Angeles Times

Counternarratives By John Keene Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811225526
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Published: New Directions - May 17th, 2016

Now in paperback, a bewitching collection of stories and novellas that are “suspenseful, thought-provoking, mystical, and haunting” (Publishers Weekly)

F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover's Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature By William J. Maxwell Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691173412
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Published: Princeton University Press - December 6th, 2016

How FBI surveillance influenced African American writing

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape By Lauret Savoy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619028258
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Published: Counterpoint - September 13th, 2016

With a New Preface by the Author

Through personal journeys and historical inquiry, this PEN Literary Award finalist explores how America’s still unfolding history and ideas of “race” have marked its people and the land.

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry By Ned Sublette, Constance Sublette Cover Image
ISBN: 9781613738931
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Published: Lawrence Hill Books - April 1st, 2017

The American Slave Coast tells the horrific story of how the slavery business in the United States made the reproductive labor of “breeding women” essential to the expansion of the nation. The book shows how slaves’ children, and their children’s children, were human savings accounts that were the basis of money and credit.

Return to Arroyo Grande By Jesus Salvador Trevino Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781558858190
Published: Arte Publico Press - December 20th, 2015

Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa (Dispatch Books) By Nick Turse Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608464630
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Published: Haymarket Books - May 19th, 2015

You won't see segments about it on the nightly news or read about it on the front page of America's newspapers, but the Pentagon is fighting a new shadow war in Africa, helping to destabilize whole countries and preparing the ground for future blowback. Behind closed doors, U.S. officers now claim that "Africa is the battlefield of tomorrow, today.

Manifestation Wolverine: The Collected Poetry of Ray Young Bear By Ray Young Bear Cover Image
ISBN: 9781504014151
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Published: Open Road Media - October 27th, 2015

The American Book Award-winning collection from "The best poet in Indian Country" (Sherman Alexie, New York Times-bestselling author of The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven).