Black Caucus American Library Association Literary Awards
First presented at the Second National Conference of African American Librarians in 1994, the BCALA Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors.
Monetary awards are presented in the following categories, First Novelist, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Honor Book citations are also awarded in fiction and nonfiction without any accompanying monetary remuneration.
The BCALA also host an annual conference, the National Conference of African American Librarians.
3 Books Honored in 1994
A Lesson Before Dying
by Ernest Gaines
- A Top 10 Book in the “Fiction Books from the 20th Century” Category
- 3 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Selected for 1 Book Club’s Reading List
- A 1997 Oprah Book Club Selection
- 1994 BCALA Literary Award
Publication Date: Sep 01, 1994
List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
A Lesson Before Dying, is set in a small Cajun community in the late 1940s. Jefferson, a young black man, is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men arekilled; the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson’s godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting—and defying—the expected.
Ernest J. Gaines brings to this novel the same rich sense of place, the same deep understanding of the human psyche, and thesame compassion for a people and their struggle that have informed his previous, highly praised works of fiction.
Winner First Novelist
by Alexs D. Pate
Publication Date: Apr 01, 2005
List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Imprint: Coffee House Press
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Parent Company: Coffee House Press
Sonny Goodman may have hopped the “modern underground railroad called education” and arrived in far-flung Minneapolis, but with the impending death of his father, North Philadelphia is calling him home. Quickly caught in the web that inner-city life has woven around his family’s dreams, Sonny must find the strength to confront the toll urban corrosion has wrought upon the ones he loves.Named Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, winner of the Minnesota Book Award and compared to the work of James Baldwin and August Wilson, Alexs D. Pate’s highly absorbing debut novel “rings with a truth as immediate as body counts in the headlines, as enduring as a classic tragedy.”—San Francisco Chronicle
W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race
by David Levering Lewis
Publication Date: Dec 15, 1994
List Price: Unavailable
Format: Paperback, 752 pages
Imprint: Holt Paperbacks
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Parent Company: Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
This monumental biography—eight years in the research and writing—treats the early and middle phases of a long and intense career: a crucial fifty-year period that demonstrates how Du Bois changed forever the way Americans think about themselves.