The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announced the winners of the 2009 BCALA Literary Awards. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2008.
The winner in the Fiction category is Trading Dreams at Midnight by Diane McKinney-Whetstone (HarperCollins). The two Fiction Honor Book winners are Seen it All and Done the Rest by Pearl Cleage (One World/Ballantine) and Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward (Agate).
The winner in the Nonfiction category is Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings (Amistad/Harper Collins). The Nonfiction Honor Book winner is Letter To My Daughter by Maya Angelou (Random House, Inc.).
The recipient of the First Novelist Award is Carleen Brice for Orange Mint and Honey (One World/Ballantine). (Wowza!!!)
For excellence in scholarship, the BCALA Literary Awards Committee presents the Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation to Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs (Amistad/HarperCollins) by Deborah Willis and Kevin Merida.
Thanks to Librarian for all this info.