Books Honored by the National Book Foundation

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The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. National Book Awards are given five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

Here we highlight the winners of African descent. The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison, in 1953, for Invisible Man.

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4 Books Honored by the National Book Foundation in 1983

Winner - Children’s Books

Marked By Fire
by Joyce Carol Thomas

    Publication Date: Oct 30, 2007
    List Price: $15.99
    Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9781423101437
    Imprint: Hyperion Book CH
    Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
    Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company

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    Winner - Fiction

    The Color Purple
    by Alice Walker

    Publication Date: Dec 10, 2019
    List Price: $17.00
    Format: Paperback, 304 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780143135692
    Imprint: Mariner Books
    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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    Winner - First Novel

    The Women of Brewster Place
    by Gloria Naylor

    Publication Date: Jun 30, 1983
    List Price: $16.00
    Format: Paperback, 192 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    ISBN13: 9780140066906
    Imprint: Penguin Books
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann

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    Finalist - Children’s Books

    Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
    by Virginia Hamilton

    Publication Date: Jan 09, 2001
    List Price: $8.99
    Format: Paperback, 224 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Young Adult
    ISBN13: 9780380651931
    Imprint: Amistad
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Parent Company: News Corp

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