NAACP Image Awards Winners and Nominees

NAACP Image Award LogoIn 2022, the NAACP celebrates the 53rd anniversary of Image Awards. There are 5 titles nominated in eight literature categories; Biography/Autobiography, Children, Debut Author, Fiction, Instructional, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Youth/Teens

You my print a list of all the award winning and nominated books. Learn more at the NAACP Image Awards website.

40 Image Award Winning and Nominated Books for 2012

Winner - Biography/Autobiography

My Song: A Memoir
by Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson

Publication Date: Oct 11, 2011
List Price: $30.50
Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780307272263
Imprint: Knopf
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: 
Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers of our time; he has led one of the great American lives of the last century. Now, this extraordinary icon tells us the story of that life, giving us its full breadth, letting us share in the struggles, the tragedies, and, most of all, the inspiring triumphs.

Belafonte grew up, poverty-ridden, in Harlem and Jamaica. His mother was a complex woman—caring but withdrawn, eternally angry and rarely satisfied. His father was distant and physically abusive. It was not an easy life, but it instilled in young Harry the hard-nosed toughness of the city and the resilient spirit of the Caribbean lifestyle. It also gave him the drive to make good and channel his anger into actions that were positive and life-affirming. His journey led to the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he encountered an onslaught of racism but also fell in love with the woman he eventually married. After the war he moved back to Harlem, where he drifted between odd jobs until he saw his first stage play—and found the life he wanted to lead. Theater opened up a whole new world, one that was artistic and political and made him realize that not only did he have a need to express himself, he had a lot to express.

He began as an actor—and has always thought of himself as such—but was quickly spotted in a musical, began a tentative nightclub career, and soon was on a meteoric rise to become one of the world’s most popular singers. Belafonte was never content to simply be an entertainer, however. Even at enormous personal cost, he could not shy away from activism. At first it was a question of personal dignity: breaking down racial barriers that had never been broken before, achieving an enduring popularity with both white and black audiences. Then his activism broadened to a lifelong, passionate involvement at the heart of the civil rights movement and countless other political and social causes. The sections on the rise of the civil rights movement are perhaps the most moving in the book: his close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr.; his role as a conduit between Dr. King and the Kennedys; his up-close involvement with the demonstrations and awareness of the hatred and potential violence around him; his devastation at Dr. King’s death and his continuing fight for what he believes is right.

But My Song is far more than the history of a movement. It is a very personal look at the people in that movement and the world in which Belafonte has long moved. He has befriended many beloved and important figures in both entertainment and politics—Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sidney Poitier, John F. Kennedy, Marlon Brando, Robert Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, Tony Bennett, Bill Clinton—and writes about them with the same exceptional candor with which he reveals himself on every page. This is a book that pulls no punches, and turns both a loving and critical eye on our country’s cultural past.

As both an artist and an activist, Belafonte has touched countless lives. With My Song, he has found yet another way to entertain and inspire us. It is an electrifying memoir from a remarkable man.

Nominee - Biography/Autobiography

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington
by Condoleezza Rice

Publication Date: Nov 01, 2011
List Price: $35.00
Format: Hardcover, 784 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780307587862
Imprint: Crown
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government.

In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign.

Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues

“ a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense.

It was a role that deepened her bond with the President and ultimately made her one of his closest confidantes.

With the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Rice found herself at the center of the Administration’s intense efforts to keep America safe.

Here, Rice describes the events of that harrowing day

“ and the tumultuous days after.

No day was ever the same.

Additionally, Rice also reveals new details of the debates that led to the war in Afghanistan and then Iraq.

The eyes of the nation were once again focused on Rice in 2004 when she appeared before the 9-11 Commission to answer tough questions regarding the country’s preparedness for, and immediate response to, the 9-11 attacks.

Her responses, it was generally conceded, would shape the nation’s perception of the Administration’s competence during the crisis.

Rice conveys just how pressure-filled that appearance was and her surprised gratitude when, in succeeding days, she was broadly saluted for her grace and forthrightness. From that point forward, Rice was aggressively sought after by the media and regarded by some as the Administration’s most effective champion.

In 2005 Rice was entrusted with even more responsibility when she was charged with helping to shape and carry forward the President’s foreign policy as Secretary of State.

As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of tactics and negotiation aimed to contain or reduce the threat posed by America’s enemies.

Here, she reveals the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that kept the world’s relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos.

She also talks about her role as a crisis manager, showing that at any hour — and at a moment’s notice — she was willing to bring all parties to the bargaining table anywhere in the world.

No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa.

Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds.

In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraft

— but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded.

Nominee - Biography/Autobiography

Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention
by Manning Marable

Publication Date: Apr 04, 2011
List Price: $30.00
Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780670022205
Imprint: Knopf
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: 

Years in the making—the definitive biography of the legendary black activist.

Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins’ bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

Manning Marable’s new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement. Filled with new information and shocking revelations that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a sweeping story of race and class in America, from the rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties and sixties. Reaching into Malcolm’s troubled youth, it traces a path from his parents’ activism through his own engagement with the Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the never-before-told true story of his assassination. Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of the most singular forces for social change, capturing with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.

Also consider A Lie of Reinvention: Correcting Manning Marable’s Malcolm X by Jared Ball and Todd Steven Burroughs

Nominee - Biography/Autobiography

A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother
by Janny Scott

Publication Date: May 03, 2011
List Price: $26.95
Format: Hardcover, 376 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781594487972
Imprint: Riverhead Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: A major publishing event: an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama—his mother. Barack Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, ""what is best in me."" Here is the missing piece of the story. Award-winning reporter Janny Scott interviewed nearly two hundred of Dunham’s friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of this woman’s inspiring and untraditional life, and to show the remarkable extent to which she shaped the man Obama is today. Dunham’s story moves from Kansas and Washington state to Hawaii and Indonesia. It begins in a time when interracial marriage was still a felony in much of the United States, and culminates in the present, with her son as our president- something she never got to see. It is a poignant look at how character is passed from parent to child, and offers insight into how Obama’s destiny was created early, by his mother’s extraordinary faith in his gifts, and by her unconventional mothering. Finally, it is a heartbreaking story of a woman who died at age fifty-two, before her son would go on to his greatest accomplishments and reflections of what she taught him.

Nominee - Biography/Autobiography

The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World
by Dave Zirin and John Wesley Carlos

Publication Date: Oct 04, 2011
List Price: $22.95
Format: Hardcover, 220 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781608461271
Imprint: Haymarket Books
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Parent Company: Haymarket Books

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Book Description: Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Literary Work Autobiography/Biography Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos. John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. The John Carlos Story is his first book. Dave Zirin is the author of four books, including Bad Sports, A People’s History of Sports in the United States, and What’s My Name, Fool? He writes the popular weekly online sports column ""The Edge of Sports"" and is a regular contributor to, SLAM, Los Angeles Times, and The Nation, where he is the publication’s first sports editor.

Winner - Children

You Can Be a Friend
by Tony Dungy

Publication Date: Jan 11, 2011
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781416997719
Imprint: Little Simon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation

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Book Description: A new children’s book written by parents extraordinaire Tony and Lauren Dungy! You Can Be a Friend is the first title in Tony and Lauren Dungy’s series of children’s books which feature inspirational stories that remind kids of the importance of family, friends, and self-confidence. In this story, Jade has been planning to have her birthday party at a water park, but her new friend, Hannah, is in a wheelchair. Now Jade has a decision to make: is it more important to keep her party where she planned, or to make sure all her friends have fun? Tony and Lauren Dungy present this subtly beautiful story, which will help any parent explain that having limitations can never limit the boundaries of friendship.

Nominee - Children

Book Description: 

Sample Image from Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson From Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, written and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson (2013, Amistad)

Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul — the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews—now features eight pages of discussion and curriculum material.

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story of the men, women, and children who toiled in the hot sun picking cotton for their masters; it’s about the America ripped in two by Jim Crow laws; it’s about the brothers and sisters of all colors who rallied against those who would dare bar a child from an education. It’s a story of discrimination and broken promises, determination, and triumphs.

Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice—the true heart and soul of our nation.

Nominee - Children

Before There Was Mozart: The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George
by Lesa Cline-Ransome

Publication Date: Jan 25, 2011
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780375836008
Imprint: Schwartz & Wade
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: The musical superstar of 18th-century France was Joseph Boulogne a black man. This inspiring story tells how Joseph, the only child of a black slave and her white master, becomes ""the most accomplished man in Europe."" After traveling from his native West Indies to study music in Paris, young Joseph is taunted about his skin color. Despite his classmates’ cruel words, he continues to devote himself to his violin, eventually becoming conductor of a whole orchestra. Joseph begins composing his own operas, which everyone acknowledges to be magnifique. But will he ever reach his dream of performing for the king and queen of France? This lushly illustrated book by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome introduces us to a talented musician and an overlooked figure in black history.

Nominee - Children

White Water
by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

Publication Date: Aug 23, 2011
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780763636784
Imprint: Candlewick Press
Publisher: Walker Books
Parent Company: Walker Books

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Book Description: For a young boy growing up in the segregated south, a town drinking fountain becomes the source of an epiphany. It’s a scorching hot day, and going into town with Grandma is one of Michael’s favorite things. When the bus pulls up, they climb in and pay their fare, get out, walk to the back door, and climb in again. By the time they arrive in town, Michael’s throat is as dry as a bone, so he runs to the water fountain. But after a few sips, the warm, rusty water tastes bad. Why is the kid at the ""Whites Only"" fountain still drinking? Is his water clear and refreshingly cool? No matter how much trouble Michael might get into, he’s determined to find out for himself. Based on a transformative experience co-author Michael Bandy had as a boy, this compelling story sheds light on the reality of segregation through a child’s eyes, while showing the powerful awareness that comes from daring to question the way things are.

Nominee - Children

Acoustic Rooster And His Barnyard Band
by Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Tim Bowers

Publication Date: Aug 22, 2011
List Price: $15.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781585366880
Imprint: Sleeping Bear Press
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Parent Company: Sleeping Bear Press

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When a jazz-loving rooster sets his sights on winning a barnyard talent show, he realizes he can’t do it as a solo act. He’s up against the talents of Mules Davis’s cool duo and Ella Finchgerald’s singing group. Acoustic Rooster calls on friends like pianist Duck Ellington, singer Bee Holiday, and percussionist piggy Pepe Ernesto Cruz. Together, the foursome makes beautiful music as they rock the barnyard. And while they may not win first prize, Acoustic Rooster realizes he has the world’s best jazz band and that’s all that matters. Colorful artwork from artist Tim Bowers (Memoirs of a Goldfish) ensures this story doesn’t miss a beat. A glossary of musical terms and instruments rounds out this perfect introduction to jazz for young readers. Kwame Alexander is a poet, publisher, and an award-winning producer of literary programs. He has written for television, the stage, and authored 13 books. He conducts writing/publishing workshops at schools and conferences throughout the country. Kwame lives in the Washington, D.C. area. Tim Bowers has illustrated more than 25 children’s books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library’s "Best of the Best" list. His work for Sleeping Bear includes First Dog and First Dog’s White House Christmas. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.

Winner - Debut Author

The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn’t Sexy
by Shirley Strawberry

Publication Date: Apr 05, 2011
List Price: $22.00
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780345525505
Imprint: One World/Ballantine
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: 
Listen up, ladies! Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, delivers more of the no-nonsense woman-to-woman straight talk her listeners have come to love. Shirley tells it like it is—from the heart. Whether the topic is cheating boyfriends, crazy mothers-in-law, job troubles, or money problems, Shirley’s girlfriend-next-door honesty has made the Strawberry Letters segment of the show a huge hit. Now, in this uplifting motivational guide, she brings her vivacious, inspirational, and down-to-earth message to women everywhere: Get up, get out, and be the best you can be!

As a single parent and a woman willing to let Mr. Right find her, Shirley’s been there and done that—and she’s got hard-won lessons to share. In this call to action to help women look at their lives with a candid eye, she tackles the issues her fans want to hear about:

• Love and Relationships: the highs and lows of dating, marriage, and breakups
• Family: the challenges of being a great mom
• Sisterhood: ways to get (and give) the support you need to stay sane
• Self: tips for overcoming low self-esteem and depression, and finding balance, faith, and acceptance

Full of motivating “Strawberry Tips,” personal stories that provide welcome advice on the run, and helpful suggestions for drama-stuck girlfriends, this book offers a simple message of strength: a challenge to love yourself and your life!

Nominee - Debut Author

We the Animals
by Justin Torres

Publication Date: Aug 30, 2011
List Price: $18.00
Format: Hardcover, 126 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780547576725
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Book Description: An exquisite, blistering debut novel. Three brothers tear their way through childhood smashing tomatoes all over each other, building kites from trash, hiding out when their parents do battle, tiptoeing around the house as their mother sleeps off her graveyard shift. Paps and Ma are from Brooklyn he’s Puerto Rican, she’s white and their love is a serious, dangerous thing that makes and unmakes a family many times. Life in this family is fierce and absorbing, full of chaos and heartbreak and the euphoria of belonging completely to one another. From the intense familial unity felt by a child to the profound alienation he endures as he begins to see the world, this beautiful novel reinvents the coming-of-age story in a way that is sly and punch-in-the-stomach powerful. Written in magical language with unforgettable images, this is a stunning exploration of the viscerally charged landscape of growing up, how deeply we are formed by our earliest bonds, and how we are ultimately propelled at escape velocity toward our futures.

Nominee - Debut Author

Defining Moment: Barack Obama: The Historical Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
by Patricia Duncan

Publication Date: Dec 01, 2010
List Price: $33.00
Format: Hardcover, 184 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780615271828
Imprint: IJABA Publishing Inc
Publisher: IJABA Publishing Inc
Parent Company: IJABA Event Planning Inc

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Book Description: NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINEE-Outstanding Literary Work-Debut Author Revealing a collection of never been seen photographs, reliving the experiences, and reviewing the historic speeches, A Defining Moment provides an introspective view of the journey taken by the first African American President of the United States.

Nominee - Debut Author

The Loom
by Shella Gillus

Publication Date: Dec 01, 2011
List Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9780824948160
Imprint: Guideposts
Publisher: Guideposts
Parent Company: Guideposts

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Book Description: Lydia knew her fate. Like every other slave on the Maryland plantation, her life would end at the loom… Throughout the pre-Civil War South, older slaves too worn out for anything else worked daily in the plantation’s loom room, weaving and creating cloth for their families. Tucked away out of sight and forgotten by most everyone, the wisdom and hard-won experience of these slaves were often overlooked. But Lydia, a light-skinned house slave, listens to their words and dreams of a better life. When running away leads to her recapture, Lydia discovers that with her pale skin, the right clothing, and pretense, she can walk into a world of freedom and wealth she has only dreamed of. But Lydia struggles to leave behind the man she loves and the culture of a world in which she belongs. Drawing on the wise community in the plantation’s loom room, Lydia chases freedom in a way no one ever expected and finds that she ultimately must choose between the love she has and the life she doesn’t. The Loom is a colorful tale of love linked to a lie and the discovery that life is not always black or white.

Nominee - Debut Author

2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors and Supporters Navigate the Healing Process
by Denise Hall Brown

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Publication Date: Jul 22, 2011
List Price: Unavailable
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780983317005
Imprint: Denise Hall Brown
Publisher: Denise Hall Brown
Parent Company: Denise Hall Brown

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Book Description: 2Grieve 2Gether is a phenomenal resource for people who are grieving and those trying to help them. Author Denise Hall Brown provides insights, strategies, resources, and ideas as she uses her incredible story of surviving the sudden and tragic deaths of her mother, son, aunt, and husband. The book addresses grief in ways that are both compassionate and informative. No matter where you are on your grief journey, 2Grieve 2Gether will make you laugh, cry, think and act. You’ll want to purchase this book for yourself and buy another copy for a friend or family member! Get more info at!

Winner - Fiction

Say Amen, Again
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Publication Date: Jul 05, 2011
List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781416578062
Imprint: Gallery Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation

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Book Description: 
The spirited Houston congregation featured in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s Let the Church Say Amen and Everybody Say Amen has a major scandal unfolding—and, as always, the outspoken Rachel Jackson Adams is at the heart of the drama.

As the First Lady of Zion Hill, Rachel is not only Pastor Lester Adams’ wife—she’s currently his eight-months-pregnant wife, who’s going toe-to-toe with Lester’s onetime mistress, congregant Mary Richardson, also pregnant. Her baby may or may not be Lester’s, but Mary’s doing all she can to win sympathy and turn her fellow churchgoers against Rachel—even threatening to blackmail Pastor Adams with a paternity agreement. After all, where can an unmarried mother-to-be go but to the Lord? Rachel has a few choice answers for exactly where Mary can go … but as these expectant moms do battle, hostilities erupt into a drama unlike anything Zion Hill has ever seen! Something has to give, and while Rachel contemplates everything from transferring her lifelong church membership to packing up and leaving Lester, she knows deep down God is calling her to forgiveness. Will the arrival of the new babies bring a new understanding? Or harden forever the anger that’s dividing them?

Nominee - Fiction

A Silken Thread (Thorndike Press Large Print African American Series)
by Brenda Jackson

Publication Date: Jun 15, 2011
List Price: $31.99
Format: Hardcover, 515 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781410435859
Imprint: Thorndike Press
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Parent Company: Thorndike Press

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Book Description: For Erica Sanders, finding a soul mate was the easy part. Brian Lawson is the man she wants, and everyone agrees they’re the ideal couple. Almost everyone. The one exception is Erica’s mother, Karen, who prefers her daughter marry another man. Karen even hires a private detective to investigate Brian, but the truth he uncovers is the last thing she expected a devastating betrayal that rips both families apart. Convinced that her relationship can’t be salvaged, Erica ends her engagement. Yet she has lingering doubts over her decision, especially once Brian’s attractive single neighbor starts pursuing him. A chance meeting proves that the passion between Brian and Erica hasn’t dimmed but neither has the determination of others to keep them apart, or the shocking lengths Karen will go to in order to undermine her daughter’s relationship. As secrets old and new are revealed, Erica and Brian find themselves caught between the bonds of the past and an uncertain future, each making painful discoveries about who to believe and trust. Masterfully told and laced with the sensuality and drama that Brenda Jackson does best, this is an unforgettable story of relationships at their most complex, and how hard it can be to choose between living separate lives or holding fast when love hangs by a silken thread

Nominee - Fiction

Silver Sparrow
by Tayari Jones

Publication Date: May 08, 2012
List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781616201425
Imprint: Algonquin Books
Publisher: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.
Parent Company: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

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Book Description: With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode. This is the third stunning novel from an author deemed “one of the most important writers of her generation” (the Atlanta Journal Constitution).

Nominee - Fiction

The Plot Against Hip Hop: A Novel (A D Hunter Mystery)
by Nelson George

Publication Date: Nov 01, 2011
List Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback, 220 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781617750243
Imprint: Akashic Books
Publisher: Akashic Books
Parent Company: Akashic Books

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Book Description: 
"George is an ace at interlacing the real dramas of the world … the book’s slim length and flyweight depth could make it an artifact of this particular zeitgeist in American history. Playas and haters and celebrity cameos fuel a novel that is wickedly entertaining while being frozen in time."
—Kirkus Reviews

"This hard-boiled tale is jazzed up with authentic street slang and name-dropping (Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Lil Wayne, and Chuck D) … George’s tightly packaged mystery pivots on a believable conspiracy … and his street cred shines in his descriptions of Harlem and Brownsville’s mean streets."
—Library Journal

"George is a well-known, respected hip-hop chronicler … Now he adds crime fiction to his resume with a carefully plotted crime novel peopled by believable characters and real-life hip-hop personalities."

"The most accomplished black music critic of his generation."
—The Washington Post Book World

"Perhaps one of the greatest books ever written. It has the realness of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the warmth of The Color Purple, and the page count of Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s a must-read."
—Chris Rock on City Kid

The Plot Against Hip Hop is a noir novel set in the world of hip hop culture. The stabbing murder of esteemed music critic Dwayne Robinson in a Soho office building is dismissed by the NYPD as a gang initiation. But his old friend, bodyguard and security expert D Hunter, suspects there are larger forces at work.

D Hunter’s investigation into his mentor’s murder leads into a parallel history of hip hop, a place where renegade government agents, behind-the-scenes power brokers, and paranoid journalists know a truth that only a few hardcore fans suspect. This rewrite of hip hop history mixes real-life figures with characters pulled from the culture’s hidden world, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Russell Simmons.

Nominee - Fiction

by Elizabeth Nunez

Publication Date: Sep 27, 2011
List Price: $22.95
Format: Hardcover, 275 pages
Classification: Fiction
ISBN13: 9781617750335
Imprint: Akashic Books
Publisher: Akashic Books
Parent Company: Akashic Books

Book Description: 

[If] Boundaries, Elizabeth Nunez’s latest novel… seems familiar, that’s because it reflects the current state of affairs [in publishing], which one black novelist recently called “seg-book-gation.” If it also seems outlandish, it’s because of Nunez’s deft straddling of realism and satire… There are many moments of elegant, overarching insight that bind the personal to the collective past..[and the story] flames out in a wickedly gripping climax.
New York Times Book Review, October 9, 2011

“If I wore a hat, I’d tip it to novelist Elizabeth Nunez. I was awestruck by 2000’s Bruised Hibiscus (Seal Press), her American Book Award-winning story about the beautiful friendship of two Trinidadian girls bound by an ugly secret they share… With Boundaries (Akashic Books), her eighth work, the storyteller is in fine form… This time around Nunez sets her sights on the issue of immigrant assimilation… Nunez’s latest effort is timely and provocative—and it’s written with such vivid prose that, despite the bittersweet ending, you’ll step away from this refreshing take on contemporary publishing with a smile.”
—Essence, October 2011

About the Book
In an age of reality TV, a husband and wife cling to Victorian notions of privacy, though doing so threatens the life of the wife. Their daughter Anna yearns for her mother’s unguarded affection, and eventually learns there is value in restraint. But Anna, a Caribbean American immigrant, finds that lesson harder to accept when, eager to assimilate in her new country, she discovers that a gap yawns between her and American-born citizens.

The head of a specialized imprint at a major publishing house, Anna is soon challenged for her position by an ambitious upstart who accuses her of not really understanding American culture, particularly African American culture. Her job at stake, Anna turns for advice to her boyfriend Paul, a Caribbean American himself, who attempts to convince her that immigrants must accept limitations on their freedom in America.

Told in spare and transcendent prose, Boundaries is a riveting immigrant story, a fascinating look into the world of contemporary book publishing, a beautiful extension of the exploration of family dynamics that began in Nunez’s previous novel Anna In-Between, and a heartwarming love story.


Winner - Instructional

The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God
by T. D. Jakes

Publication Date: Nov 22, 2011
List Price: $39.99
Format: Hardcover, 1584 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781439172780
Imprint: Atria Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation

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Book Description: From Genesis to Revelation, it is clear that the Holy Bible is, in the words of Bishop T.D. Jakes, “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told.” It is not a book about religion, but relationships from the creation of a man and a woman and their intimate relationship with God in the Garden through the tragic break in that relationship at the Fall and the eventual restoration of that relationship through Jesus Christ and His death on the cross of Calvary. Let’s face it, we all have questions about relationships in life. When you lay your head down on the pillow at night, do you find these questions about your relationship with God running through your mind? How can I know God personally? Can I find peace and true contentment? What is the purpose of my life? How do I know how God wants me to live? What is prayer? Throughout our lives, we all face a long list of questions on relationships that trouble our souls and require real answers based on real truth. How do I forgive someone who has hurt me badly? Can I mend this broken relationship? When my world seems to be falling apart around me, who can I trust and in whom dare I confide? How do I know whether a person is the right one to date? Will my marriage survive? How do I nourish my child’s heart? What do I do with my fears about expressing my love and care to a friend? The good news is that in God’s Word we find the answers to life’s bewildering relationship questions. We are not left to figure it out on our own and in our own strength and power. You are invited to begin a lifelong journey to discovering God’s words of truth for your life and relationships, and to discovering God Himself in the words of His Book!

Nominee - Instructional

Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community
by Georgia A. Popoff and Quraysh Ali Lansana

Publication Date: Feb 01, 2011
List Price: $19.95
Format: Paperback, 220 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9780915924288
Imprint: Teachers and Writers Collaborative
Publisher: Teachers and Writers Collaborative
Parent Company: Teachers and Writers Collaborative

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Book Description: In Our Difficult Sunlight, Quraysh Ali Lansana and Georgia Popoff demonstrate the power of poetry in the K-12 classroom. Drawing on their combined thirty years as teaching artists, the authors explore the terrain of the 21st-century public school and outline strategies for using the reading and creation of poetry to improve students’ reading comprehension and writing skills. Highlighting best practices, exercises, and anecdotes rooted in their diverse experiences as a Chicago-based, African American poet/professor and a Caucasian poet/educator from upstate New York, Lansana and Popoff offer insights into how engaging young people in writing and sharing poetry can break down barriers to learning, aid in exploration of critical issues, and foster connections among students and teachers from very different backgrounds.

Nominee - Instructional

Too Important To Fail: Saving America’s Boys (Tavis Smiley Reports)
by Tavis Smiley

Publication Date: Jan 01, 2011
List Price: $15.95
Format: Paperback, 284 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781401939113
Imprint: SmileyBooks
Publisher: Hay House
Parent Company: Hay House

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Book Description: 
Too Important to Fail: Saving America’s Boys is the companion volume to TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS PBS special which is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of its American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative. It examines an undeclared crisis in America ??the staggering dropout rate among young black males. In countless urban schools the graduation rate has plummeted to less than 20% and nationwide fewer than 50% of young black males will graduate from high school. Low graduation rates combined with disproportionate rates of suspensions, expulsion and young black males assigned to special education classes, fuel this state of emergency.Tavis Smiley’s candid conversations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Oakland with frontline experts and educators, detention center administrators and the boys themselves urges viewers to ponder the societal and economic cost of losing another generation of uneducated young black males to lifetimes of prison and poverty. This volume picks up where the special leaves off with expanded discussion, dot-connecting data and real life examples of the information and resources needed to harness our frustration and concern into collective and effective action. The e-book contains an extensive resource guide that lists 125 organizations who have a stake in solving this monumental challenge.

Nominee - Instructional

Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing
by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Publication Date: Nov 07, 2011
List Price: $20.00
Format: Paperback, 212 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781466409897
Imprint: CreateSpace
Publisher: On-Demand Publishing LLC
Parent Company:, Inc.

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Book Description: World renowned visual artist Synthia SAINT JAMES shares her life’s journey in the pursuit of the arts, along with marketing tips and affirmations, in this her latest book.

Nominee - Instructional

A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets
by Bertice Berry

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Publication Date: Jan 01, 2010
List Price: Unavailable
Format: Paperback
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781936683000
Imprint: Freeman House Publishing
Publisher: Freeman House Publishing
Parent Company: Freeman House Publishing

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Book Description: In this very readable and delightful book author Bertice Berry tells of her long struggle with weight loss and he success when she began to think of weight control as a function of personal ""wellness."" She outlines her personal program — a year to wellness — a program that will inspire, instruct, and above all, work.

Winner - Nonfiction

The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place
by Hill Harper

Publication Date: Aug 23, 2011
List Price: $26.00
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781592406500
Imprint: Knopf
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: 
The perennial New York Times bestselling author helps readers discover how to put money in its place and use wealth-building as a tool for joy and fulfillment. Hill Harper is uniquely poised to guide readers through tough times and offers bestselling advice for reaping the rewards of a truly happy life. With The Wealth Cure, he does more than that: He presents a revolutionary new definition of wealth, motivating readers to not only build financial security but to also achieve wealth in every aspect of their lives.Using his own journey as a parable, Harper inspires the reader to evaluate their values while explaining the importance of laying a sound financial foundation and how to recognize the worth of your relationships and increase the value of your interactions with the people in your life. Drawing on his personal recollections and true stories from family and friends, Harper helps readers begin to see money not as a goal but as a tool that provides freedom for following their passions. The keys include investing in yourself, tapping the resources you need, and taking responsibility for how those resources are used. Far from a get-rich-quick primer, The Wealth Cure brims with inspired wisdom for building a lasting bounty from the experiences, loved ones, and achievements that really matter.

Nominee - Nonfiction

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, And Black Women In America
by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

Publication Date: Sep 20, 2011
List Price: $28.00
Format: Hardcover, 392 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780300165418
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Parent Company: Yale University

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Book Description: 
Jezebel’s sexual lasciviousness, Mammy’s devotion, and Sapphire’s outspoken anger—these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized.In this groundbreaking book, Melissa V. Harris-Perry uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women’s political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

Nominee - Nonfiction

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race And Civility In Everyday Life
by Elijah Anderson

Publication Date: Mar 28, 2011
List Price: $25.95
Format: Hardcover, 318 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780393071634
Imprint: W. W. Norton & Company
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Parent Company: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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Book Description: 
An acclaimed sociologist illuminates the public life of an American city, offering a major reinterpretation of the racial dynamics in America. Following his award-winning work on inner-city violence, Code of the Street, sociologist Elijah Anderson introduces the concept of the “cosmopolitan canopy”—the urban island of civility that exists amidst the ghettos, suburbs, and ethnic enclaves where segregation is the norm. Under the cosmopolitan canopy, diverse peoples come together, and for the most part practice getting along. Anderson’s path-breaking study of this setting provides a new understanding of the complexities of present-day race relations and reveals the unique opportunities here for cross-cultural interaction.

Anderson walks us through Center City Philadelphia, revealing and illustrating through his ethnographic fieldwork how city dwellers often interact across racial, ethnic, and social borders. People engage in a distinctive folk ethnography. Canopies operating in close proximity create a synergy that becomes a cosmopolitan zone. In the vibrant atmosphere of these public spaces, civility is the order of the day. However, incidents can arise that threaten and rend the canopy, including scenes of tension involving borders of race, class, sexual preference, and gender. But when they do—assisted by gloss—the resilience of the canopy most often prevails. In this space all kinds of city dwellers—from gentrifiers to the homeless, cabdrivers to doormen—manage to co-exist in the urban environment, gaining local knowledge as they do, which then helps reinforce and spread tolerance through contact and mutual understanding.

With compelling, meticulous descriptions of public spaces such as 30th Street Station, Reading Terminal Market, and Rittenhouse Square, and quasi-public places like the modern-day workplace, Anderson provides a rich narrative account of how blacks and whites relate and redefine the color line in everyday public life. He reveals how eating, shopping, and people-watching under the canopy can ease racial tensions, but also how the spaces in and between canopies can reinforce boundaries. Weaving colorful observations with keen social insight, Anderson shows how the canopy—and its lessons—contributes to the civility of our increasingly diverse cities.

Nominee - Nonfiction

Book Description: 
In the age of Obama, racial attitudes have become more complicated and nuanced than ever before. Inspired by a president who is unlike any Black man ever seen on our national stage, we are searching for new ways of understanding Blackness. In this provocative new book, iconic commentator and journalist Tour tackles what it means to be Black in America today.Tour begins by examining the concept of “Post-Blackness,” a term that defines artists who are proud to be Black but don’t want to be limited by identity politics and boxed in by race. He soon discovers that the desire to be rooted in but not constrained by Blackness is everywhere. In Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? he argues that Blackness is infinite, that any identity imaginable is Black, and that all expressions of Blackness are legitimate.Here, Tour divulges intimate, funny, and painful stories of how race and racial expectations have shaped his life and explores how the concept of Post-Blackness functions in politics, society, psychology, art, culture, and more. He knew he could not tackle this topic all on his own so he turned to 105 of the most important luminaries of our time for frank and thought-provoking opinions, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Michael Eric Dyson, Melissa Harris-Perry, Harold Ford Jr., Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Glenn Ligon, Paul Mooney, New York Governor David Paterson, Greg Tate, Aaron McGruder, Soledad O’Brien, Kamala Harris, Chuck D, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and many others. By engaging this brilliant, eclectic group, and employing his signature insight, courage, and wit, Tour delivers a clarion call on race in America and how we can change our perceptions for a better future. Destroying the notion that there is a correct way of being Black, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? will change how we perceive race forever.

Nominee - Nonfiction

Super Rich: A Guide To Having It All
by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow

Publication Date: Jan 04, 2011
List Price: $22.50
Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9781592405879
Imprint: Knopf
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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Book Description: 
The visionary entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller Do You! delivers a powerful guide to true abundance.

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock market. True wealth has more to do with what’s in your heart than what’s in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America’s shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, "Happy can make you money, but money can’t make you happy."

In straight-talking inspiring chapters, Simmons provides unforgettable true stories from his own road to riches, delving into the principles and practices that have kept him energized and focused. Whether we’re in the boardroom or on a yoga mat, Simmons says, we have to be able to listen to our inner voices. Finding our unique potential, we can make the right moves, ruled not by money but by the joy of conscientious living and giving. With these philosophies and more, Simmons brings us a stimulus package of consciousness that will never run dry, backed by the power of the higher self.

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Winner - Poetry

Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems
by James B. Golden

Publication Date: Oct 12, 2011
List Price: $21.95
Format: Hardcover, 100 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9781462055135
Imprint: iUniverse
Publisher: Author Solutions
Parent Company: Najafi Companies

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Book Description: In his second book, Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain, James B. Golden introduces the world to Curtis Brown, a troubled teen struggling with growing up Black and male in America. The collection was composed over several seasons that Golden worked in a rehabilitation setting with boys like Curtis. The poems speak of the emotional warfare many young men experience beneath their rough exterior. Golden sprinkled these poems with vulnerability, while remaining expressly frank about depression, hopelessness, fatherlessness, abandonment and rape. His voice is poignantly explicit and stripped of sweetener, but understanding and stimulating as well.With titles like ""The Night You Had Sex With My Journal"", ""Rotten Diamonds On Th e Inside"", and ""Letter No. 5 To An Absent Mother"", he gives us grand images and comic relief. Welcome to the world of Curtis Brown.

Nominee - Poetry

Last Seen (Felix Pollak Prize In Poetry)
by Jacqueline Jones LaMon

Publication Date: Mar 10, 2011
List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9780299282943
Imprint: University of Wisconsin Press
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Parent Company: University of Wisconsin

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Book Description: 
Inspired by actual case histories of long-term missing African American children, this provocative and heartrending collection of poems evokes the experience of what it means to be among the missing in contemporary America. This thought-provoking collection of persona poems looks at absence from the standpoint of the witnesses surrounding the void and offers an intimate depiction of those impossible moments of aftermath lived by those who remain accounted for and present. While enabling us to question our own sense of identity, this unique collection of poems reveals the blurred edges of separation between them and us and the impact that the missing have upon our present and future.

Finalist, NAACP Image Awards

Nominee - Poetry

Head Off & Split: Poems
by Nikky Finney

Publication Date: Jan 27, 2011
List Price: $16.95
Format: Paperback, 116 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9780810152168
Imprint: TriQuarterly Books
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Parent Company: Northwestern University

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Book Description: 
Winner, 2011 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner, 2012 GLCS Award for Poetry
Winner, 2012 SIBA Book Award for Poetry
Nominee, 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry

The poems in Nikky Finney’s breathtaking new collection Head Off & Split sustain a sensitive and intense dialogue with emblematic figures and events in African American life: from civil rights matriarch Rosa Parks to former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, from a brazen girl strung out on lightning to a terrified woman abandoned on a rooftop during Hurricane Katrina. Finney’s poetic voice is defined by an intimacy that holds a soft yet exacting eye on the erotic, on uncanny political and family events, like her mother’s wedding waltz with South Carolina senator Strom Thurmond, and then again on the heartbreaking hilarity of an American president’s final State of the Union address.
Artful and intense, Finney’s poems ask us to be mindful of what we fraction, fragment, cut off, dice, dishonor, or throw away, powerfully evoking both the lawless and the sublime.

Nominee - Poetry

Honoring Genius: Gwendolyn Brooks: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice
by Haki Madhubuti

Publication Date: Jan 01, 2012
List Price: $19.95
Format: Paperback, 101 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9780883783252
Imprint: Third World Press
Publisher: Third World Press
Parent Company: Third World Press

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Book Description: For over thirty years, poets Gwendolyn Brooks and Haki R. Madhubuti shared a unique literary and personal relationship. In this latest volume of his work, Madhubuti, a renowned poet in his own right, pays tribute to Brooks’ legacy and memory with this collection of poems that he produced during those years. He also offers two essays and a selection of newer poems to express his gratitude and show his great respect for this literary giant.

Nominee - Poetry

Intimate Thoughts
by Darrin DeWitt Henson

Publication Date: Oct 08, 2011
List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9781937095246
Imprint: Godzchild Publications
Publisher: Godzchild, Inc
Parent Company: Godzchild, Inc

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Book Description: Intimate Thoughts is a literary journey for the poetically fit. For those unafraid to travel beyond normal ""roles"", this anthology of poems, pictures, and powerful utterances is for you. Darrin’s poetry will move the soul and call the visionary into action. Each line he pens stands as a voice in search for authentic truth. In Darrin’s eyes, great minds not only recite others’ lines, but great minds design their own. Read along and discover a real-life portrayal of the thoughts that violate, liberate and inundate Darrin’s mind on a day-to-day basis.

Winner - Youth/Teens

Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running (African-American Biographies (Enslow))
by Jeff Burlingame

Publication Date: Mar 01, 2011
List Price: $33.27
Format: Library Binding, 128 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780766034976
Imprint: Enslow Publishing
Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC

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Book Description: In 1936, in front of 110,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium in Germany, Jesse Owens blew away the competition in the 100-meter final to claim the title of “World’s Fastest Man.” He won the gold medal in front of Germany’s brutal dictator, Adolf Hitler, defying the Nazi leader’s racist ideology. Owens won three more gold medals at the Olympics and returned to the United States a hero. Author Jeff Burlingame explores the life of one of the greatest and most influential athletes in American history, from his humble childhood to his legacy on and off the track.

Nominee - Youth/Teens

by Walter Dean Myers

Publication Date: Feb 01, 2011
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780062004895
Imprint: HarperTeen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation

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Book Description:  For the very first time in his decades-long career writing for teens, acclaimed and beloved author Walter Dean Myers writes with a teen, Ross Workman.Kevin Johnson is thirteen years old. And heading for juvie. He’s a good kid, a great friend, and a star striker for his Highland, New Jersey, soccer team. His team is competing for the State Cup, and he wants to prove he has more than just star-player potential. Kevin’s never been in any serious trouble … until the night he ends up in jail. Enter Sergeant Brown, a cop assigned to be Kevin’s mentor. If Kevin and Brown can learn to trust each other, they might be able to turn things around before it’s too late.

Nominee - Youth/Teens

Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary
by Jerdine Nolen

Publication Date: Jan 04, 2011
List Price: $14.99
Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781416958147
Imprint: Paula Wiseman Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation

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Book Description: It is 1852 in Alexandria, Virginia. Eliza’s mother has been sent away and it is Abbey, the cook, who looks after Eliza, when Eliza isn’t taking care of the Mistress. Eliza has the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told to keep her close. When her Mistress’s health begins to fail and Eliza overhears the Master talk of Eliza being traded, Eliza takes to the night. She follows the path and the words of the farmhand Old Joe, “

travel the night

sleep the day. Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” All the while, Eliza recites the stories her mother taught her along her Freedom Road from Maryland to St. Catherine’s, Canada.

Nominee - Youth/Teens

Camo Girl
by Kekla Magoon

Publication Date: Jan 04, 2011
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781416978046
Imprint: Aladdin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation

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Book Description: Set in a suburb of Las Vegas, Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been “the weird kid” in their class. He collects stubby pencils, plays chess, and maintains an elaborate

“and public

“ fantasy life, starring himself as a brave knight. Z’s games were okay back in 3rd or 4th grade, but by now their other friends have ditched them both. Z doesn’t care, but Ella longs to be part of a group of friends, even though most of the class makes fun of her. Ella’s mother is black and her father (now deceased) was white, and she’s the only black girl in their sixth grade class. When a new boy, Bailey, moves to town, he befriends Ella, because they are now the only two black kids in class. But Bailey is popular

“ popular enough to make Ella cool and give her a wider circle of friends

“ but only if she stops hanging out with Z. Ella’s faced with a difficult decision

“ remain loyal to the boy who has been her best and only friend for years, or pass up the opportunity to be one of the popular kids that she has always longed to be.

Nominee - Youth/Teens

Planet Middle School
by Nikki Grimes

Publication Date: Sep 13, 2011
List Price: $15.99
Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781599902845
Imprint: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Parent Company: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Book Description:  For twelve years, Joylin Johnson’s life has been just fine, thank you very much. A game of basketball with the boys-especially her friend Jake-was all it took to put a smile on her face. Baggy jeans, T-shirt, and hair in a ponytail were easy choices. Then suddenly the world seemed to turn upside down, and everything changed at once. Her best girl friend is now flirting with her best guy friend. Her clothes seem all wrong. Jake is acting weird, and basketball isn’t the same. And worst of all, there is this guy, Santiago, who appears from … where? What lengths will Joy go to-and whom will she become-to attract his attention? In short poems that perfectly capture the crazy feelings of adolescence and first crushes, award-winning author Nikki Grimes has crafted a delightful, often hilarious, hearttugging story.