The 8th Annual African American Literary Awards Show 2012

The 8th Annual African American Literary Award Show was hosted by celebrated award-winning actor Isaiah Washington. The event took place in New York City on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6 pm - 11 pm at Melba's Restaurant located at 163 West 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

The AALAS is an entertainment event production and marketing company with a focus on writers and authors. It produces an annual Literary Awards Show to recognize, honor, celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements and contributions that African-American authors and writers make to the publishing, arts and entertainment industries.

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2012 Honorees

AALAS founder Yvette Hayward honored the following industry professionals:

Marva Allen (Hue-Man Bookstore) - Life Time Achievement
Marie Brown (Marie Brown Associates Literary Agency). - Life Time Achievement
Troy Johnson ( - Literary Trailblazer Award

2012 Award Winners

Kimberla Lawson Roby - The Reverend's Wife

Self Help
T.D. Jakes - Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven

Common - One Day It Will All Make Sense

Christian Fiction
Victoria Christopher Murray - Destiny's Divas

Zuri Day - Love in Play

Street Fiction
Wahida Clark - Payback Ain't Enough: Payback 3

Non Fiction
Hill Harper - The Wealth Cure

Walter Mosley - All I Did Was Shoot My Man

Children/Young Adult
Earl Sewell - Maya's Choice

Brenda Jackson - Courting Justice

Short Stories/Anthologies
Lena Sledge - If I Had My Way

Magazines (Non-Literary)
Uptown Magazine

Magazines (Literary)
Mosaic Literary Magazine

Self Published Author of the Year
Elissa Gabrielle - The Heat of the Night

Breakout Author of the Year
Chantily Chanel - Illusions: Sometime the Eyes See What the Heart Wants

Publishing House of the Year
Kensington Books

Independent Publisher of the Year
Wahida Clark Presents Publishing

Author of the Year Male
Eric Jerome Dickey - An Accidental Affair

Author of the Year Female
Francis Ray - When Morining Comes: A Family Affair Novel

Bookclub of the Year
Black Expression Book Club

Comic Strip
Jerry Craft - Mama's Boyz

Cook Book
Pat Neely & Gina Neely - The Neelys' Celebration Cookbook: Down-home Meals for Every Occasion

Literary Radio Show
3 Chicks On Lit & From Cover to Cover (tie)

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