The American Book Awards recognize "outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term 'multicultural' to be not a description of various categories, groups, or 'special interests,' but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers."

Read more about the American Book Awards and the Before Columbus Foundation, which administers the Award, at this link: http://www.beforecolumbusfoundation.com/


Felon: Poems By Reginald Dwayne Betts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393652147
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 15th, 2019

One of the New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2020
Winner of the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Poetry
Finalist for the 2019 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry

A searing volume by a poet whose work conveys "the visceral effect that prison has on identity" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).

Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff By Sara Borjas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934819791
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Published: Noemi Press - March 15th, 2019

Poetry. California Interest. Latinx Studies. Winner of a 2020 American Book Award. HEART LIKE A WINDOW, MOUTH LIKE A CLIFF is a transgressive, yet surprisingly tender confrontation of what it means to want to flee the thing you need most. The speaker struggles through cultural assimilation and the pressure to act Mexican while dreaming of the privileges of whiteness.

Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman By Bob Kaufman, Devorah Major (Foreword by), Neeli Cherkovski (Editor) Cover Image
By Bob Kaufman, Devorah Major (Foreword by), Neeli Cherkovski (Editor)
ISBN: 9780872867697
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Published: City Lights Books - November 12th, 2019


Crossfire: A Litany for Survival By Staceyann Chin, Jacqueline Woodson (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781642590258
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 15th, 2019


Powerhouse, world-renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.

Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book.

Sabrina & Corina: Stories By Kali Fajardo-Anstine Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525511304
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Published: One World - April 7th, 2020

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection—a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands. 

The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities (Postmillennial Pop #22) By Tara Fickle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781479805952
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Published: New York University Press - November 19th, 2019

Winner, 2020 American Book Award, given by the Before Columbus Foundation

How games have been used to establish and combat Asian American racial stereotypes

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States By Erika Lee Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541672604
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Published: Basic Books - November 26th, 2019

This definitive history of American xenophobia is "essential reading for anyone who wants to build a more inclusive society." (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times-bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist).

The United States is known as a nation of immigrants. But it is also a nation of xenophobia.

The Memory Police: A Novel By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781101911815
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Published: Vintage - July 28th, 2020

Finalist for the International Booker Prize and the National Book Award

A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.

Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers: Poems (National Poetry) By Jake Skeets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315205
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

Winner of the 2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

Winner of a 2020 Whiting Award in Poetry

Finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry

They Called Us Enemy By George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, Harmony Becker (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603094504
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - July 16th, 2019

New York Times Bestseller!

A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei's childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon -- and America itself -- in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel By Ocean Vuong Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525562023
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Published: Penguin Press - June 4th, 2019

An instant New York Times Bestseller! 

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award

Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize 

Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction! 

In West Mills By De'Shawn Charles Winslow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635575286
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - June 16th, 2020

"A bighearted novel about family, migration, and the unbearable difficulties of love. Here's a cast of characters you won't soon forget." Ayana Mathis, author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Solitary: A Biography (National Book Award Finalist; Pulitzer Prize Finalist) By Albert Woodfox Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802148308
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Published: Grove Press - December 3rd, 2019

Praise for Solitary:

Named One of Barack Obama's Favorite Books of 2019
Winner of the Stowe Prize
Named the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year