American Book Award Winners
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.
1 Books Honored in 1994
Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience
by Jill Nelson
- A Top 10 Book in the “Nonfiction Books from the 20th Century” Category
- Selected for 1 Book Club’s Reading List
- 1994 American Book Award
Publication Date: Jul 01, 1994
List Price: Unavailable
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
When Jill Nelson became the first black woman to write for The Washington Post’s prestigious Sunday magazine in 1986, she thought she had entered journalism heaven. Instead, she discovered that life at The Post meant walking "the thin line between Uncle Tomming and Mau-Mauing" - between holding onto her job and preserving her soul. As Nelson recounts her harrowing four years at The Post - along with her odyssey from a middle-class childhood to near poverty, divorce and single motherhood, flame-out love affairs, and a nervous breakdown - she gives us a scalding expose of the racial, sexual, and corporate politics of one of our most respected newspapers. Volunteer Slavery is a funny, fiercely candid book that names names and takes no prisoners.