ALA Black Caucus - Literary Award Winners

ALA Black Caucus Book Awards

 

The Water Dancer
The Water Dancer
By Coates, Ta-Nehisi
2019-09 - One World
9780399590597 Check Our Catalog

 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK - From the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.

"This potent book about America's most disgraceful sin establishes Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist."--San Francisco …More
 

The Nickel Boys
The Nickel Boys
By Whitehead, Colson
2019-07 - Doubleday Books
9780385537070 Check Our Catalog

 

Awards:
Alex Awards (2020)

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Time, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Slate, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Vox, Variety, Christian Science Monitor, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Literary Hub, BuzzFeed, The New York …More
 

Africaville
Africaville
By Colvin, Jeffrey
2019-12 - Amistad Press
9780062913722 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A ferociously talented writer makes his stunning debut with this richly woven tapestry, set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by former slaves, that depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate.

Vogue: Best Books to Read This Winter

Structured as a triptych, …More
 

The Last Thing You Surrender
The Last Thing You Surrender
By Pitts Jr, Leonard
2019-02 - Agate Bolden
9781572842458 Check Our Catalog

 

Could you find the courage to do what's right in a world on fire?

Pulitzer-winning journalist and bestselling novelist (Freeman) Leonard Pitts, Jr.'s new historical page-turner is a great American tale of race and war, following three characters from the Jim Crow South as they face the enormous changes World War II triggers in the United States.

An affluent white marine …More
 

Red at the Bone
Red at the Bone
By Woodson, Jacqueline
2019-09 - Riverhead Books
9780525535270 Check Our Catalog

 

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

One of OPRAH MAGAZINE'S "BEST BOOKS OF 2019"

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

"A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off." -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, in The Atlantic

"An exquisite tale of family legacy....The …More
 

Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir
By Day, Daniel R.
2019-07 - Random House
9780525510512 Check Our Catalog

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Dapper Dan is a legend, an icon, a beacon of inspiration to many in the Black community. His story isn't just about fashion. It's about tenacity, curiosity, artistry, hustle, love, and a singular determination to live our dreams out loud."--Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, 13th, and A Wrinkle in Time

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS …More
 

Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White
Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White
By Sturkey, William
2019-03 - Belknap Press
9780674976351 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Winner of the 2020 Z calo Public Square Book Prize

A rich, multigenerational saga of race and family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, that tells the story of how Jim Crow was built, how it changed, and how the most powerful social movement in American history came together to tear it down.

If you really want to understand Jim Crow--what it was and how African …More
 

1919
1919
By Ewing, Eve L.
2019-06 - Haymarket Books
9781608465989 Check Our Catalog

 

 

NPR Best Books of 2019

Chicago Tribune Best Books of 2019

Chicago Review of Books Best Poetry Book of 2019

O Magazine Best Books by Women of Summer 2019

The Millions Must-Read Poetry of June 2019

LitHub Most Anticipated Reads of Summer 2019

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I: New and Collected Poems
I: New and Collected Poems
By Derricotte, Toi
2019-03 - University of Pittsburgh Press
9780822945666 Check Our Catalog

 

A Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry

Recipient of the 2020 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Poetry

BCALA Honor Book for Best Poetry Award 2020

In Derricotte's own words:

"How do you gain access to the

power of parts of yourself you

abhor, and make them sing

with beauty, …More
 

Hollywood Black
Hollywood Black
By Bogle, Donald
Foreword by Singleton, John
2019-05 - Running Press Adult
9780762491414 Check Our Catalog

 

The films, the stars, the filmmakers-all get their due in Hollywood Black, a sweeping overview of blacks in film from the silent era through Black Panther, with striking photos and an engrossing history by award-winning author Donald Bogle.

The story opens in the silent film era, when white actors in blackface often played black …More