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/


Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250146540
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - March 12th, 2019

Now a major docuseries

With intimate details and newly-uncovered evidence Adnan's Story goes beyond what the hit podcast Serial covered in its investigation of Adnan Syed's case.

Now a New York Times bestseller

Invisible Men: A Contemporary Slave Narrative in the Era of Mass Incarceration Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781510711709
Published: Skyhorse - October 11th, 2016

Winner of the 2017 American Book Award

Flores Forbes, a former leader in the Black Panther Party, has been free from prison for twenty-five years. Unfortunately that makes him part of a group of black men without constituency who are all but invisible in society.

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ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

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ISBN: 9780578463292
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Published: Wandering Aengus Press - February 11th, 2019

Him, Me, Muhammad Ali Cover Image
ISBN: 9781941411315
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Published: Sarabande Books - October 11th, 2016

Award-winning novelist Randa Jarrar's new story collection moves seamlessly between realism and fable, history and the present, capturing the lives of Muslim women and men across myriad geographies and circumstances.

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ISBN: 9781617754463
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Published: Akashic Books - May 3rd, 2016

Bernice L. McFadden has been named the Go On Girl Book Club's 2018 Author of the Year

WINNER of the 2017 American Book Award

WINNER of the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction)

2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee (Fiction)

A Washington Post Notable Book of 2016

Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393354737
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 26th, 2017

"[A] vital investigation of Forsyth’s history, and of the process by which racial injustice is perpetuated in America." —U.S. Congressman John Lewis

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ISBN: 9780674971080
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Published: Harvard - January 7th, 2021

Few concepts evoke the twentieth century's record of war, genocide, repression, and extremism more powerfully than the idea of totalitarianism. Today, studies of the subject are usually confined to discussions of Europe's collapse in World War II or to comparisons between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

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ISBN: 9781573660570
Published: Fiction Collective 2 - September 27th, 2016

2017 American Book Award Winner
Winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize

Marc Anthony Richardson's Year of the Rat is a poignant and riveting literary debut narrated in an unabashedly exuberant voice.

In Year of the Rat, an artist returns to the dystopian city of his birth to tend to his invalid mot

Green Island: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101872369
Published: Vintage - January 10th, 2017

Taipei, February 28, 1947: As an uprising rocks Taiwan, a young doctor is taken from his newborn daughter by Chinese Nationalists, on charges of speaking out against the government. Although he eventually returns to his family, his arrival is marked by alienation from his loved ones and paranoia among his community.

See You in the Streets: Art, Action, and Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Humanities and Public Life) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781609384173
Published: University Of Iowa Press - June 1st, 2016

2017 American Book Award Winner from the Before Columbus Foundation 

In 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City took the lives of 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women and girls. Their deaths galvanized a movement for social and economic justice then, but today’s laborers continue to battle dire working conditions.

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ISBN: 9781555977443
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 5th, 2016

*Finalist for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award*
*Finalist for the 2016 National Book Award*

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ISBN: 9780806187037
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Published: University of Oklahoma Press - June 15th, 2016

What if we could travel back in time to save our heroes from painful deaths? What if we could rewrite history to protect and reward the innocent victims of injustice? In Alfredo V a's daring new novel, one man does just that, taking readers on a series of remarkable journeys.

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ISBN: 9781634059039
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Published: Chin Music - July 5th, 2016

Photojournalist Dean Wong has been chronicling life in America's Chinatowns for four decades. His sensitive eye and man-of-the-people interviews bring these ghettos disguised as tourist traps to life.