Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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.
The Last Black King of the Kentucky Derby by Crystal Hubbard (6 up)
Little Divas by Philana Marie Boles (10 up)
Nikki & Deja Birthday Blues by Karen English (ARC) (7 up)
Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers (ARC) (12 up)
Bird by Zetta Elliott** (6 up) (signed by the author and illustrator, Shadra Strickland, who just won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award!)
Hot Girl by Dream Jordan (12 up)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
One idea: a monthly contest!
Every month this blog will announce a "Welcome Read Pick of the Month," a book by a black author (never me) that I think people ought to know about. I'll blog a little about the book and pick names from a hat from all the commenters on that post and that person will get a free copy of the book. If I can get one from the publisher, I will, if not I'll buy it with my own $.
Another idea: in-store events!
Some writers and I are hoping to put together a day of events in various cities across the country in which black authors do readings and/or book-signings. Stay tuned for deets. If you have suggestions or want to participate (either as an author or book-seller or librarian or book-club), let us know.
Another idea: bringing white and black readers together!
Book Maven Tee C. Royal, Ali from the blog Diversity Rocks! and I are working on a way to bring black and white readers together to read books that aren't based on race, but feature a diversity of authors. Interested in participating? Let me know.
Other ideas? Let me hear them.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
Blood Colony: A Novel – Tananarive Due (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
Going Down South: A Novel – Bonnie J. Glover (Random House/One World/Ballantine)
In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel – Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
Just Too Good to Be True – E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday)
Song Yet Sung – James McBride (Riverhead Books)
Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
Hope on a Tightrope: Words and Wisdom – Cornel West (Smiley Books)
Letter to My Daughter – Maya Angelou (Random House)
Moving to Higher Ground – Wynton Marsalis, Geoffrey Ward (Random House)
The Sea is So Wide And My Boat is So Small – Marian Wright Edelman (Hyperion)
There’s No Traffic on the Extra Mile: Lessons on the Road From Dreams to Destiny – Rickey Minor (Gotham Books)
Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
Barack, Race, and the Media: Drawing My Own Conclusion – David Glenn Brown (David G. Brown Studios)
The Beautiful Struggle – Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel and Grau)
Homeroom Heroes: Freshman Edition – Michael B. Jordan, Rahfeal Gordan (RahGor Publishing)
No Way Home – Carlos Acosta (Scribner)
War of the Blood In My Veins – Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris (Scribner)
Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
21 Nights – Prince (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography of James Baldwin – Herb Boyd (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
The Black List – Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Elvis Mitchell (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
The Legs Are The Last to Go – Diahann Carroll (Amistad)
Maya Angelou: A Glorious Celebration – Marcia Ann Gillespie, Rosa Johnson Butler, Richard A. Long (Doubleday)
Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
32 Ways to Be A Champion in Business – Earvin "Magic" Johnson (Crown Business)
The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life – Kevin Powell (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)
Dining in – G. Garvin (Meredith Books)
Good is not Enough and Other Unwritten Rules for Minority Professionals – Keith R. Wyche (Portfolio/Centennial)
Tapping the Power Within: A Path To Self-Empowerment For Women – Iyanla Vanzant (Smiley Books)
Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Hardheaded Weather – Cornelius Eady (Marian Wood Books)
Hip Hop Speaks To Children: A Celebration of Poetry With A Beat – Nikki Giovanni (Source Books/Jabberwocky)
Honoring the Ancestors – James Cherry (Third World Press)
Things I Must Have Known – A B Spellman (Coffee House Press)
Warhorses – Yusef Komunyakaa (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Outstanding Literary Work – Children
Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem – Maya Angelou (illustrators - Lou Fancher & Steven Johnson) (Schwartz & Wade)
Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope – Nikki Grimes, (illustrator - Bryan Collier) (Simon & Schuster)
Say a Little Prayer – Dionne Warwick, David Freeman Wooley, Tonya Bolden, (illustrator – Soud) (Running Press)
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball – Kadir Nelson (Disney Publishing)
You Can Do It! – Tony Dungy, (illustrator - Amy June Bates) (Simon & Schuster)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
Beacon Hills High – Mo’Nique Imes Jackson, Sherri McGee McCovey (Amistad)
Joseph – Shelia P. Moses (Simon & Schuster)
Letters To A Young Sister: Define Your Destiny – Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s American Heroes: Robert Smalls, The Boat Thief – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., (illustrator Patrick Faricy) (Disney Hyperion)
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic – Whoopi Goldberg, Nancy Cato, (illustrator - Maryn Roos)(Disney Publishing)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Rich Watson has been involved with comics since 1993 as an artist, retailer, journalist, and more. He is a staff writer for Pop Culture Shock and the creator of the web comic City Mouse Goes West. He lives in Columbus, OH. Everything below is from Rich:
In recent years, comic books have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity the like of which has not been seen in generations. As the public has slowly become aware of the wide variety of genres the medium offers, the awareness of creator diversity has also increased. African-Americans, in particular, are beginning to reap the benefits of this new comics renaissance. More black creators are entering the field and making their presence known, and publishers are green-lighting more books with black characters and themes.
In 2005, I founded the Glyph Comics Awards (GCA), with the invaluable cooperation of the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC), to recognize the quality of these creators and their work in a medium where it is easy to overlook. The awards strive to not only single out the best in black comics, but to provide a pinnacle for future creators to aspire to. It was also founded to provide entry points for new readers and thereby expand the audience. The following is an abbreviated list of notable past winners, meant to provide an idea of the kinds of books that are feted.
Kyle Baker, writer and artist
Inspired by the life of the 19th century slave who inspired a brief but bloody revolution in the American south, this four-time GCA winner (including Story of the Year 2006) relies on the words of Turner himself to tell the story, accentuated by a gritty cartoon style that never flinches in depicting the brutality of not only the
slave trade, but Turner's rebellion.
Astonishing X-Men: Storm
Eric Jerome Dickey, writer, David Yardin & Lan Medina and Jay
Leisten & Sean Parsons, artists
Comics have attracted many "celebrity" creators in recent years. Marvel Comics recently brought in noted romance novelist Dickey to portray this love story from the early days of two of comics' greatest black characters: the X-Man Storm and the African monarch known as the Black Panther. The result was a tale grounded in the reality of African life and politics, while providing a healthy dose of the action and adventure that have made Marvel a household name. It won the 2007 Fan Award for Best Comic.
Spike, writer and artist
Some of the freshest new comics talent of the 21st century can be found on the internet, including the recipient of the 2007 Rising Star Award, Spike. Her series builds an entire world of oddball characters and curious places, all inhabiting the fictitious town of the title. One part David Lynch, one part Charlie Kaufman, the strip (collected in two hardcopy volumes and counting) is truly a singular vision that reflects the mind of its creator.
Marguerite Abouet, writer, Clement Oubrerie, artist
Comics are a global phenomenon, from England and France to Brazil, the Philippines, India, and Japan and Korea. With this coming-of-age tale of teenagers in the Ivory Coast of the 70s, Abouet presented a side of Africa not often seen in the media, and invested her story with equal parts warmth, humor, and sincerity, abetted by the lively and colorful artwork of Oubrerie. It is the winner of two GCAs, including the 2008 Rising Star Award, and a second volume is currently available.
The K Chronicles
Keith Knight, writer and artist
In a climate where editorial cartoonists are a slowly dying species, it's a struggle for survival for the ones still making a living. As the winner of three consecutive GCAs for Best Comic Strip - indeed, the only winner of the award in the GCAs' brief history - as well as many other awards, Keith Knight sits at the top of the heap. His insightful and incisive take on modern life is reflected in all his strips, including th(Ink) and his latest, The Knight Life, but never more so than in this one. It is available in a large omnibus collection.
The GCA ceremony is held every May as part of ECBACC, the comics convention that celebrates black comics talent. For more information about both, visit the ECBACC website, and follow this year's nominees at my blog, Glyphs.