Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
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2010 nominees are as follows:
Blonde Roots, Bernardine Evaristo
I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Percival Everett
The Trial of Robert Mugabe, Chielo Zona Eze
Big Machine, Victor LaValle
Black Water Rising, Attica Locke
Sag Harbor, Colson Whitehead
Gospel, Samiya Bashir
Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem, Mitchell L.H. Douglas
Sonata Mulattica: Poems, Rita Dove
Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems, Haki R. Madhubuti
Freedom by Any Means: True Stories of Cunning and Courage on the Underground Railroad By Betty DeRamus
Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson By Wil Haygood
The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama By Gwen Ifill
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original By Robin Kelley
Remembering Scottsboro: The Legacy of an Infamous Trial By James A. Miller
More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City By William Julius Wilson
Winners and finalists will be announced November 12th.
I've read Black Water Rising which was also nominated for this year's Orange Prize. I will try to read all nominees by Nov 12th; I've several lined up for September.
Yes, thanks for posting this list! Let's see...I've read I Am Not Sidney Poitier (very good), The Trial of Robert Mugabe (so so), and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (excellent if the reader is familiar with modern jazz). I own but haven't yet read Blonde Roots, Sag Harbor, Sonata Mulattica, Sweet Thunder, The Breakthrough, and More Than Just Race. I'll try to read most of the books I have before the end of the year.
The Hurston/Wright Foundation Award Ceremony was held last night in Washington, DC. There isn't an official announcement from the foundation's web site, and I can't find any news articles about the winners. However, I did find tweets about the ceremony from @feliciapride, who was in attendance. According to her, these are the winners:
Fiction: I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
Nonfiction: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin Kelley
Poetry (tie): Sonata Mulattica by Rita Dove, and Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems by Haki R. Madhubuti
I've read I Am Not Sidney Poitier last year and Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original this year, and would highly recommend both books. I own Sonata Mulattica, but haven't read it yet, and I'll add Liberation Narratives: New and Collected Poems to my wish list.
Thanks for the announcement kidzdoc, I didn't see any official announcement either. I read all but the Thelonious Monk so far. I'm glad their was a tie for the poetry (both were excellent). I've always enjoyed Haki's poetry and even though I had already read most of it as most were in previous volumes, it was nice to revisit and see his body of work through the years.
The nominees for this year's awards have been announced:
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
Glorious by Bernice McFadden
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans by Rosalyn Story
How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique
Crave Radiance by Elizabeth Alexander
Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems by Thomas Sayers Ellis
Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America's Youth by Ben Shapiro
John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard
The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 by Lawrence P. Jackson
Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation by Rawn James Jr.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-hop Culture by Thomas Chatterton Williams
"The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honors exemplary works of literature before the national community of Black writers. By honoring these nominees, we're recognizing the profound significance, necessity, and genius of Black writers and the stories they tell. A panel of published authors in each genre reviewed submissions and selected nominees from categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry.
"Winners will receive a cash award and the coveted statute of Djhuiti (je-hu-ty), the ancient Egyptian symbol of the patron saint of writing, speech, and divine intellectual pursuit. Finalists will receive an engraved plaque. The annual Legacy Award ceremony will be held November 10th at the historic Oxon Hill Mansion in Oxon Hill, Maryland near Washington, DC."
More info: http://t.co/lQshJ6P
I have read quite a few of these. There are a couple I'm been wanting to get to from my TBR and a couple I have to purchase.
The 2012 nominees have been announced:
Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones
Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
You Are Free: Stories by Danzy Senna
Salvage the Bones by Jessmyn Ward (winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction)
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Kingdom Animalia (American Poets Continuum) by Aracelis Girmay
The new black (Wesleyan Poetry Series) by Evie Shockley
Life on Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith (winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry)
Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement by Tomiko Brown-Nagin
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry
Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (finalist for the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award in Autobiography, and shortlisted for the 2012 Dolman Best Travel Book Award (UK))
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir by Binyavanga Wainaina
My Long Trip Home: A Family Memoir by Mark Whitaker
I've only read Salvage the Bones and Harlem Is Nowhere so far. I own Zone One, Life on Mars and One Day I Will Write About This Place. If possible I'd like to read all of these books by the end of the year, or by early 2013 at the latest.
Thanks for posting kidzdoc. I've read Silver Sparrow, Mr. Fox, Salvage the Bones, and Zone One on the Fiction list.
I do have You Are Free and Life on Mars but have not read yet.
For Nonfiction, I read Sister Citizen and Harlem is Nowhere.
Off to add some books to my Amazon cart. :) Did much better on this list than I did picking Booker prize books before they come out - LOL
The winners of this year's Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are:
Fiction: Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Poetry: The new black by Evie Shockley
Nonfiction: Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement by Tomiko Brown-Nagin
More info: 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Winners/Finalists
The 2013 nominees have been announced:
Half-Blood Blues: A Novel by Esi Edugyan
Elsewhere, California: A Novel by Dana Johnson
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden
But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 by Lucille Clifton
me and Nina by Monica Hand
There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe
The Price of the Ticket: Barack Obama and Rise and Decline of Black Politics by Frederick Harris
Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City by Natalie Hopkinson
Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot
American Lynching by Ashraf H. A. Rushdy
Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery by Heather Andrea Williams
well, esi edugyan's book continues to amaze with with the legs her novel has had since its release. just this week, the book was also selected as part of the 2014 round of 'canada reads': http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/2013/11/meet-the-canada-reads-2014-contender...
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