American Book Award Winners

Before Columbus Foundation Logo First presented in 1980, by the Before Columbus Foundation, “the American Book Awards Program respects and honors excellence in American literature without restriction or bias with regard to race, sex, creed, cultural origin, size of press or ad budget, or even genre. There would be no requirements, restrictions, limitations, or second places. There would be no categories. The winners would not selected by any set quota for diversity, because diversity happens naturally. Finally, there would be no losers, only winners. The only criteria would be outstanding contribution to American literature in the opinion of the judges.”

Here we present the American Book Award recipients of African descent.


2 Books Honored in 1984

Fiction

Confirmation: Anthology of African American Women
by Amiri Baraka

Publication Date:
List Price: $10.95
Format: Paperback, 418 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780688015824
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
Book by Baraka, Imamu Amiri

Fiction

Praisesong For The Widow
by Paule Marshall

Publication Date:
List Price: $16.00
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780452267114
Imprint: Plume
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
With all her children at university and her husband recently dead, Avey Johnson takes an annual cruise to the Caribbean. But this cruise is different, and strips her of all her pretensions. The author has written "Brown Girl, Brownstones".



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