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.


4 Books Honored in 1999

Fiction

The Farming of Bones
by Edwidge Danticat

Publication Date:
List Price: $16.00
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781616953492
Imprint: Soho Press
Publisher: Soho Press
Parent Company: Soho Press
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Book Description: 
It is 1937 and Amabelle Dsir, a young Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic, has built herself a life as the servant and companion of the wife of a wealthy colonel. She and Sebastien, a cane worker, are deeply in love and plan to marry. But Amabelle’s world collapses when a wave of genocidal violence, driven by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, leads to the slaughter of Haitian workers. Amabelle and Sebastien are separated, and she desperately flees the tide of violence for a Haiti she barely remembers.

Already acknowledged as a classic, this harrowing story of love and survival—from one of the most important voices of her generation—is an unforgettable memorial to the victims of the Parsley Massacre and a testimony to the power of human memory.

Fiction

The Men of Brewster Place: A Novel
by Gloria Naylor

Publication Date:
List Price: $11.70
Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780786884056
Imprint: Hyperion
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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Book Description: 
Naylor returns to the fictional neighborhood, this time focusing on the men behind the women who inhabited that desolate block of row houses, telling their tragic, sad, funny, and heroic stories.

Fiction

Right Here, Right Now: A Novel
by Trey Ellis

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List Price: $19.95
Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780684859842
Imprint: Free Press
Publisher: Free Press
Parent Company: Free Press
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Book Description: 
Through the Self-Help Glass Very Darkly
Meet Ashton Robinson, a dashing playboy whose suave charm, worldly pretensions, and ecstatic seminars have made him one of the most successful motivational speakers in the country.
After an encounter with the synergistic effects of marijuana and expired cough syrup, Robinson renounces his life as a self-help icon and pronounces himself a spiritually enlightened master. Overnight he invents the world’s newest religion, based on meditation, bungee-cord jumping, tantric sex, and The Gap. Has he stumbled upon one of the great truths of the universe? Or has the same outsized ego that fueled his success as a motivational speaker driven him over the edge?
With surgical wit and acuity, Trey Ellis has written a titillating and trenchant tale about the revivalist fervor of the American self-help industry. Right Here, Right Now is a corrosively funny and provocative exploration of the impulse to self-improvement one of the most salient features of American popular culture at the close of the twentieth century.

Fiction

Hip Hop America
by Nelson George

Publication Date:
List Price: $16.00
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780143035152
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
Now with a new introduction by the author, Hip Hop America is the definitive account of the society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media.



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