The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announces the winners of the 2016 BCALA Literary Awards during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Boston, MA. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2015, including an award for Best Poetry and a citation for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing.
Here are some of the 2016 winners from our catalog! Take a look at the 2016 Winner page for the full list. Don’t forget to contact the Southfield library to place items on hold if we don’t have a copy available right away!
|The Turner House
Winner of: 1st Novelist Award
In her compelling debut saga, Flournoy skillfully examines the significance of home, the complexities of family obligations and the realities of individual human challenges as the Turner siblings face a monumental decision that will impact its legacy in their declining Detroit neighborhood. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.
|God Help the Child
Winner of: Fiction
A searing tale about the way childhood trauma shapes and misshapes the life of the adult. At the center: a woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty; but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love until she told a lie that had severe consequences. Sweetness, Bride’s mother, takes a lifetime to understand that “what you do to children matters.” In 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in New York.
|Driving the King: A Novel
Honor Book: Fiction
Driving the King is a fictional but poignant story about the experiences of Nat King Cole and Nat Weary, his friend, driver and bodyguard. Set primarily in Alabama during the civil rights era, Howard not only tells the story of a powerful friendship, but also the hardships and racial inequality African Americans experienced during that time. Howard has received numerous awards for his writing and television production work. He lives in Atlanta, GA.
|Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed America
Honor book: Non-Fiction
Showdown is the profound story of Thurgood Marshall’s race to the Supreme Court. This work uses the framework of the dramatic, contentious five-day Senate hearing to confirm Marshall as the first African American Supreme Court justice. It sheds light on the strenuous behind-the-scenes path it took for Marshall to secure the nomination in 1967. Wil Haygood is currently the Wiepking Visiting Distinguished Professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Miami University in Ohio.
|I Am Charlie Wilson
Honor Book: Non-Fiction
In I Am Charlie Wilson, the authors recount Charlie Wilson’s faith-filled yet tumultuous upbringing, his rise to and fall from fame and his journey to healing and redemption. A seven-time Grammy nominated artist he also shares his most memorable collaborations that touched so many as well as his most notable contributions to R&B and funk. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife. Denene Millner is an American author and journalist.
|The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks
Winner of: The Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation
This beautifully rendered volume presents a selection of 150 cookbooks, taking the reader on a journey of African American cooking, cuisine, and culture. Tipton-Martin, a private collector and culinary writer, provides insights into the significance of each cookbook, highlighting recipes and historical notes, including sample illustrations and cover images. The comprehensive nature of this work serves to also showcase the legacy and contributions of African American cooks from 1827-2011. Tipton-Martin is a culinary journalist and community activist. She divides her time between Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colorado.