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Black Women Writers at Work, National Book Awards Longlist Announced, and More - 9/21/2021


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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.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man. Check out the books, by or about Black people, that were nominated for the “Academy Award” of the book world ▶


The Center for Black Literature, in partnership with The Harlem Writers Guild, will present “Black Women Writers at Work: A Literary Salon.”

On Thursday, September 30, 2021 (6:30 p.m. ET), join The Center for this special free event that will spotlight dynamic women authors of the African diaspora. The celebrated writers will discuss their inspiration for creating the complex characters and memorable storylines that are at the heart of their contemporary narratives.

Panelists will include (pictured above left to right) Ladee Hubbard (The Rib King); Karla FC Holloway (Gone Missing in Harlem); and Morowa Yejidé (Creatures of Passage). Jennifer Baker (senior editor, Amistad Books at HarperCollins Publishers) will serve as moderator.

Register Today! Click HERE


“As an Pan Africanist, I feel it’s important to provide our youth with stories of African leaders and events that give them a greater understanding and appreciation of our African heritage.”
—Renowned Poet-Activist, Useni Eugene Perkins, on the inspiration for Kwame Nkrumah’s Midnight Speech for Independence

With illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor winner Laura Freeman, Kwame Nkrumah’s Midnight Speech for Independence (Picture book for children ages 4 to 😎 captures the magic of the night Ghana was declared a free nation and shares the remarkable life of Kwame Nkrumah — one of Africa’s most celebrated leaders.


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Peace and Love,
Troy Johnson
Founder & Webmaster, AALBC.com


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★ AALBC.com eNewsletter – September 21, 2021 - Issue #335

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