2018 AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS

 


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/


 

God's Will for Monsters (Hillary Gravendyk Prize #2) Cover Image
By Rachelle Cruz, Barbara Jane Reyes (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780997093247
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Published: Inlandia Institute - February 1st, 2017

In many ways Rachelle Cruz, here, contests, demolishes and remixes the bizarre, early 20th Century colonial and classic ethnographic summations of the Philippines, of its peoples and culture, those "without history" - with her incredible, leaping, elegant, multi-form, cinematic, "forest" of word-magic.


The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439914861
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Published: Temple University Press - July 1st, 2017

The Before Columbus Foundation 2018 Winner of the AMERICAN BOOK AWARD

Tommy J. Curry’s provocative book The Man-Not is a justification for Black Male Studies. He posits that we should conceptualize the Black male as a victim, oppressed by his sex.


Heaven Is All Goodbyes: Pocket Poets No. 61 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780872867451
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Published: City Lights Books - September 26th, 2017

Shortlisted for the 2018 Griffin International Poetry Prize

2018 American Book Award Winner

2018 PEN Oakland Award Winner

Winner of the 2018 California Book Award for Poetry

2018 NCIBA Poetry Book of the Year


City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965 (Justice) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781469659190
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2020

The Changeling: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812985870
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Published: One World - March 6th, 2018

“[This] haunting tale weaves a mesmerizing web around fatherhood, racism, horrific anxieties and even To Kill a Mockingbird. And the backdrop for this rich phantasmagoria? The boroughs of New York.”—The New York Times


Currents: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781943491117
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Published: BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kans - November 1st, 2017

Poetry. Native American Studies. Winner of a 2018 American Book Award. These poems explore American identity and the powers of myth, faith, doubt, and the environment, and the music of these poems resonate with strains of the English, Spanish, and Din languages.


Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

"Humane yet often horrifying, Tell Me How It Ends offers a compelling, intimate look at a continuing crisis--and its ongoing cost in an age of increasing urgency." --Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books


Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780895511638
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Published: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press - April 13th, 2017

Speculative fiction--encompassing both science fiction and fantasy--has emerged as a dynamic field within Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, producing new critical vocabularies and approaches to topics that include colonialism and modernity, immigration and globalization, race and gender.


The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620974810
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Published: New Press - March 5th, 2019

2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize Co-Winner

2018 John Hope Franklin Prize Finalist

2018 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award (Nonfiction) Winner

2018 American Book Award Winner

2018 Harriet Tubman Prize Finalist

2018 Merle Curti Social History Award Winner

2018 James A. Rawley Prize Co-Winner


Nature Poem Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781941040638
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Published: Tin House Books - May 9th, 2017

A book-length poem about how an American Indian writer can’t bring himself to write about nature, but is forced to reckon with colonial-white stereotypes, manifest destiny, and his own identity as an young, queer, urban-dwelling poet.

A Best Book of the Year at BuzzFeed, Interview, and more.

 


Patriarchy Blues Cover Image
By Rena Priest, Lana Ayers (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781936657278
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Published: Moonpath Press - May 9th, 2017

"Rena Priest addresses those who crave 'the meat of beasts with beets and leeks.' And while she insists that 'Nature makes you pay, ' her poems tell us that through a 'wistful song of sighs.' The world is not always comfortable, but her poems never 'lose touch with the fluidity of the spirit.' Patriarchy Blues is an amazing collection."


Shadowboxing: poems & impersonations Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781632430434
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Published: Omnidawn - October 3rd, 2017

Borrowing the poetic language found in boxing lore and in the Rocky films, Shadowboxing pieces together a poetic portrait of Josefo, a Chicano adolescent working and becoming a poet in the farm territories of Central California. Rios confounds the relationship between author, speaker, and subject within various forms and, at times, across genre.


Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620971284
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Published: New Press - March 7th, 2017

2018 American Book Award Winner

A beautifully written, deeply provocative inquiry into the intersection of animal and disability liberation--and the debut of an important new social critic