The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announces the winners of the 2018 BCALA Literary Awards during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Denver, CO. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2017, including an award for Best Poetry and a citation for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing. The recipients will receive awards during the 2018 annual meeting of the American Library Association in New Orleans, LA.
Here are some of the 2018 winners from our catalog! Take a look at the 2018 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!
|A Kind of Freedom
Winner of: 1st Novel Award
Sexton, Margaret Wilkerson
Three generations of a Black family in New Orleans try to make the best choices they can in a city deeply impacted by segregation, economic inequality, and racial tensions. A Kind of Freedom is an urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a touching and redemptive family history. Born and raised in New Orleans, Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth and law at University of California, Berkeley. She lives in the Bay Area, CA with her family.
Winner of: Fiction
Difficult women explore women’s lives and issues of race, class and sex in the form of varied short stories. Each story highlights women who do not assimilate into majority culture, and are therefore often portrayed as “difficult women.” Though difficult, Gay never writes any of the characters weak or lacking in personality. She lives in Lafayette, IN, and sometimes Los Angeles.
|Sing, Unburied, Sing
Honor Book: Fiction
Sing, Unburied, Sing is a character driven novel about a poverty-stricken family living in Mississippi, where race discrimination runs rampant. The journey is filled with trials and tribulations, in addition to visits from ghosts of the past, making things a little more interesting. A completely heart-wrenching novel, Ward’s writing is breathtaking, lyrical, poignant and all consuming. She lives in Mississippi with her family.
|Chester B. Himes: A Biography
Winner of: Nonfiction
Jackson, Lawrence P.
Chester B. Himes has to be considered the definitive groundbreaking biography of one of America’s legacy writers. Not only was Himes prolific he is undoubtedly one of the best writers of crime fiction. Jackson used interviews and had wide access to the full archives of Himes archives and used that research to present a portrait of one of a writer from his middle class origins, imprisonment, World War II artist and his success in Europe. Jackson is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of English and History at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore, MD.
|Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies
Honor Book: Nonfiction
Gregory stimulates thought and conversation in Defining moments in Black history. He used his experiences traveling and his involvement in the Civil Rights struggle to give us concise and powerful statements about the men and women who shaped the American story about African Americans. Dick Gregory (Richard Claxton Gregory) was a stand-up comedian, speaker, and civil rights activist.
|100 Amazing Facts about the Negro
Winner of: Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation
Gates Jr., Henry Louis
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. updates the original version of Joel Augustus Rogers’s 100 amazing facts about the Negro with complete proof in a timely and elegant way. He presents interesting and thought-provoking stories about many African Americans—some known, and some unknown. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.