BCALA Literary Awards

Given by Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)

Other Names: BCALA Book Award, Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Prize, Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award
169 Works / 171 Items 114,706 Books 4,716 Reviews ½ 4.0
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Fiction Award acknowledges "outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the show more Black Diaspora" in fiction show less
All, Winner (114), Honor (55), Nominee (1), No Stage (1)
All, 2023 (12), 2022 (12), 2021 (11), 2020 (10), 2019 (12), 2018 (7), 2017 (7), 2016 (9), 2015 (10), 2014 (10), 2013 (11), 2012 (3), 2011 (3), 2010 (3), 2009 (3), 2008 (3), 2007 (3), 2006 (3), 2005 (3), 2004 (3), 2003 (3), 2002 (3), 2001 (3), 2000 (3), 1999 (2), 1998 (4), 1997 (3), 1996 (3), 1995 (4), 1994 (3)

Winner 114

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson1st Novelist2023
A Peculiar People: Poems by Steven WillisBest Poetry Award2023
Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-ValdezFiction2023
The Tuskegee Student Uprising: A History (Black Power Book 2) by Brian JonesNonfiction2023
Emma's postcard album : Black lives in the early twentieth century by Faith MitchellOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2023
Isn't Her Grace Amazing!: The Women Who Changed Gospel Music by Cheryl WillsOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2023
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers1st Novelist2022
Razorblade Tears by S.A. CosbyFiction2022
Just As I Am: A Memoir by Cicely TysonNonfiction2022
Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 by Ibram X. KendiOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation Award2022
Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine MansPoetry2022
Everywhere You Don't Belong by Gabriel Bump1st Novelist2021
Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie1st Novelist2021
The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettFiction2021
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.Nonfiction2021
Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy TaylorOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2021
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song by Kevin YoungPoetry2021
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates1st Novelist2020
The Nickel Boys by Colson WhiteheadFiction2020
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir by Daniel R. DayNonfiction2020
Hollywood Black by Donald BogleOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation Award2020
1919 by Eve L. EwingPoetry2020
They Come in All Colors: A Novel by Malcolm Hansen1st Novelist2019
An American Marriage by Tayari JonesFiction2019
Becoming by Michelle ObamaNonfiction2019
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. StewartNonfiction2019
Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah PennimanOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2019
Difficult Women by Roxane GayFiction2018
Chester B. Himes: A Biography by Lawrence P. JacksonNonfiction2018
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro by Henry Louis Jr GatesOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2018
Incendiary Art: Poems by Patricia SmithPoetry2018
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline WoodsonFiction2017
Grace by Natashia DeónFirst Novel2017
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee ShetterlyNonfiction2017
Olio by Tyehimba JessOutstanding Contribution to Publishing2017
Counting Descent by Clint SmithPoetry2017
God Help the Child by Toni MorrisonFiction2016
The Turner House by Angela FlournoyFirst Novel2016
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga by Pamela NewkirkNonfiction2016
The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-MartinOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2016
Wild Hundreds (Pitt Poetry Series) by Nate MarshallPoetry2016
Forty Acres: A Thriller by Dwayne Alexander Smith1st Novelist2015
Citizens Creek : a novel by Lalita TademyFiction2015
Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas by Jeffrey B. LeakNonfiction2015
Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Ethelene WhitmireOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2015
Book of Hours: Poems by Kevin YoungPoetry2015
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore1st Novelist2014
The Good Lord Bird by James McBrideFiction2014
Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Steven WilderNonfiction2014
Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation by QuestloveOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2014
Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki GiovanniPoetry2014
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis1st Novelist2013
Freeman by Jr. Leonard PittsFiction2013
Benjamin Elijah Mays, Schoolmaster of the Movement: A Biography by Randal Maurice JelksNonfiction2013
The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges by Andrew P. JacksonOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2013
Appalachian Elegy: Poetry and Place by bell hooksPoetry2013
The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934-1960 by Lawrence P. JacksonNonfiction2012
Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History by Cheryl FinleyOutstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation2012
Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose) by Rachel Eliza GriffithsPoetry2012
Glorious by Bernice L. McFaddenFiction2011
Wench by Dolen Perkins-ValdezFirst Novel2011
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes MooreNonfiction2011
Buying Time by Pamela Samuels YoungFiction2010
My Sister's Veil by K.C. MarshallFirst Novel2010
The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama by Gwen IfillNonfiction2010
Trading Dreams at Midnight by Diane McKinney-WhetstoneFiction2009
Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen BriceFirst Novel2009
Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. GiddingsNonfiction2009
New England White by Stephen L. CarterFiction2008
The Rise: Where Neighbors Are Sometimes More by Chantal EllenFirst Novel2008
Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold RampersadNonfiction2008
After by Marita GoldenFiction2007
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack ObamaNonfiction2007
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. WashingtonNonfiction2007
Third Girl from the Left by Martha SouthgateFiction2006
Freshwater Road by Denise NicholasFirst Novel2006
Black Crescent: The Experience and Legacy of African Muslims in the Americas by Michael A. GomezNonfiction2006
Leaving Cecil Street by Diane McKinney-WhetstoneFiction2005
The Darkest Child by Delores PhillipsFirst Novel2005
A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa by Howard W. FrenchNonfiction2005
Hottentot Venus by Barbara Chase-RiboudFiction2004
The Known World by Edward P. JonesFirst Novel2004
In Black and White: the Life of Sammy Davis, Jr. by Wil HaygoodNonfiction2004
Douglass' Women : A Novel by Jewell Parker RhodesFiction2003
The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. CarterFirst Novel2003
Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies by Elizabeth McHenryNonfiction2003
I Wish I Had a Red Dress by Pearl CleageFiction2002
Gabriel's Story by David Anthony DurhamFirst Novel2002
Vernon Can Read! A Memoir by Vernon E. JordanNonfiction2002
The Fisher King by Paule MarshallFiction2001
Where I'm Bound: A Novel by Allen B BallardFirst Novel2001
Slavery in Florida: Territorial Days to Emancipation by Larry Eugene RiversNonfiction2001
Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do by Valerie W. WesleyFiction2000
Inner City Blues by Paula L. WoodsFirst Novel2000
Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family, 1846-1926 by Adele Logan AlexanderNonfiction2000
The Healing by Gayl JonesFiction1999
Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts by Carolyn MazloomiNonfiction1999
The River Where Blood is Born by Sandra Jackson-OpokuFiction1998
The View From Here by Brian Keith JacksonFirst Novel1998
An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad by Claude Andrew CleggNonfiction1998
The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey by Toi DerricotteNonfiction1998
Sarahs Psalm by Florence LaddFiction1997
Push by SapphireFirst Novel1997
Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin PainterNonfiction1997
RL's Dream by Walter MosleyFiction1996
An Open Weave by Devorah MajorFirst Novel1996
Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America by Herb BoydNonfiction1996
Rattlebone by Maxine ClairFiction1995
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love by Felix H. LiddellFiction1995
Serpent's Gift by Helen Elaine LeeFirst Novel1995
I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation by Sara Lawrence-LightfootNonfiction1995
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. GainesFiction1994
Losing Absalom by Alexs D. PateFirst Novel1994
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering LewisNonfiction1994

Honor 55

Claim Tickets for Stolen People (Journal CBWheeler Poetry Prize) by Quintin CollinsBest Poetry Award2023
Yonder by Jabari AsimFiction2023
Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik FofanaFiction2023
Perish by Latoya WatkinsFiction2023
Love, Activism, and the Respectable Life of Alice Dunbar-Nelson by Tara T. GreenNonfiction2023
His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Robert SamuelsNonfiction2023
The Trees by Percival EverettFiction2022
The Sweetness of Water by Nathan HarrisFiction2022
Yellow Wife by Sadeqa JohnsonFiction2022
A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif AbdurraqibNonfiction2022
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song by Henry Louis Gates Jr.Nonfiction2022
Ebony: Covering Black America by Lavaille LavetteNonfiction2022
I am The Rage by Martina McGowanPoetry2022
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. CosbyFiction2021
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale HurstonFiction2021
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir by Natasha TretheweyNonfiction2021
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel WilkersonNonfiction2021
We Want Our Bodies Back: Poems by Jessica Care MoorePoetry2021
Africaville: A Novel by Jeffrey ColvinHonor fiction2020
The Last Thing You Surrender: A Novel of World War II by Leonard Pitts Jr.Honor fiction2020
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline WoodsonHonor Fiction2020
Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White by William SturkeyHonor nonfiction2020
I: New and Selected Poems by Toi DerricotteHonor poetry2020
The Vain Conversation by Anthony GroomsHonor Fiction2019
Praise Song for the Butterflies by Bernice L. McFaddenHonor Fiction2019
The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard BryantHonor Nonfiction2019
Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry by Imani PerryHonor Nonfiction2019
Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires by Shomari WillsHonor Nonfiction2019
If God Invented Baseball by E. Ethelbert MillerHonor Poetry2019
Indecency by Justin Phillip ReedHonor Poetry2019
The Tragedy of Brady Sims by Ernest J. GainesHonor Fiction2018
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn WardHonor Fiction2018
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies by Dick GregoryHonor Noncition2018
The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadHonor Fiction2017
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. MorrisHonor Nonfiction2017
Driving the King by Ravi HowardHonor Fiction2016
The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi JacksonHonor Fiction2016
Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America by Wil HaygoodHonor Nonfiction2016
I Am Charlie Wilson by Charlie WilsonHonor Nonfiction2016
Ruby by Cynthia BondHonor, Fiction2015
'Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-SharmaHonor, Fiction2015
Saint Monkey by Jacinda TownsendHonor, Fiction2015
The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology by Katie G. CannonHonor, Nonfiction2015
Dorothy Porter Wesley at Howard University : building a legacy of Black history by Janet Sims-WoodsHonor, Nonfiction2015
The Residue Years by Mitchell S. JacksonHonor, Fiction2014
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker by Stanley CrouchHonor, Nonfiction2014
Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time by Adrian MillerHonor, Nonfiction2014
Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery by Deborah WillisHonor, Nonfiction2014
Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank X. WalkerHonor, Poetry2014
The Cutting Season: A Novel by Attica LockeFiction2013
The Cutting Season: A Novel by Attica LockeHonor, Fiction2013
If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement by Dorothy F. CottonHonor, Nonfiction2013
Dorothy West's Paradise: A Biography of Class and Color by Cherene Sherrard-JohnsonHonor, Nonfiction2013
If One of Us Should Fall (Pitt Poetry Series) by Nicole Terez DuttonHonor, Poetry2013
Rocking the Babies: A Novel by Linda RaymondFiction1994

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