The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2013, including an award for Best Poetry and a citation for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing.
-American Library Association
Here are some of the 2014 winners from our catalog! Take a look at the 2014 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 Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel
Winner of: 1st Novelist Award
Moore, Edward Kelsey
Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed “the Supremes” by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. With wit and love, style and sublime talent, Edward Kelsey Moore brings together four intertwined love stories, three devoted allies, and two sprightly earthbound spirits in a big-hearted debut novel that embraces the lives of people you will never forget.
|The Good Lord Bird: A Novel
Winner of: Fiction
Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
|The Residue Years: A Novel
Honor Book: Fiction
Jackson, Mitchell S.
Mitchell S. Jackson grew up black in a neglected neighborhood in America’s whitest city, Portland, Oregon. In the ’90s, those streets and beyond had fallen under the shadow of crack cocaine and its familiar mayhem. In his commanding autobiographical novel, Mitchell writes what it was to come of age in that time and place, with a break-out voice that’s nothing less than extraordinary.
|Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, & the Troubled History of America's Universities
Winner of: Non-Fiction
Wilder, Craig Steven
The slave economy and higher education grew up together, each nurturing the other. Money from the purchase and sale of human beings built the campuses, stocked the libraries, and swelled the endowments of American colleges. Slaves waited on faculty and students ; academic leaders eagerly courted the support of slaveholders and slave traders. Ultimately, as Wilder shows, our leading universities were thoroughly dependent on enslavement and became breeding grounds for the racist ideas that sustained it. In short, the American academy never stood apart from American slavery--it stood beside church and state as the third pillar of a civilization built on bondage.
|Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery
Honor Book: Non-Fiction
Willis, Deborah & Krauthamer, Barbara
In this pioneering book, renowned photographic historian Deborah Willis and historian of slavery Barbara Krauthamer have amassed nearly 150 photographs--some never before published--from the antebellum days of the 1850s through the New Deal era of the 1930s. The authors vividly display the seismic impact of emancipation on African Americans born before and after the Proclamation, providing a perspective on freedom and slavery and a way to understand the photos as documents of engagement, action, struggle, and aspiration.
|Kansas City Lightning: The Life and Times of Young Charlie Parker
The first of two volumes tracing the life of one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century draws on interviews with family, peers, and collaborators to reveal Charlie Parker's Depression-era childhood and his early career in Kansas City and New York.
|Soul Food: The Surprising Story of American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time
Honor Book: Non-Fiction
In this insightful and eclectic history, Adrian Miller delves into the influences, ingredients, and innovations that make up the soul food tradition. Miller discusses how soul food has become incorporated into American culture and explores its connections to identity politics, bad health raps, and healthier alternatives. This refreshing look at one of America's most celebrated, mythologized, and maligned cuisines is enriched by spirited sidebars, photographs, and 22 recipes.