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    Here are the winners of the 2020 American Book Awards.

    Rasheeda Saka

    September 14, 2020, 12:38pm

    Three cheers for more exciting book news! Today, the Before Columbus Foundation announced the winners of the 41st-annual American Book Awards. The award, which has no categories or nominees, was created to recognize extraordinary literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The 2020 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 from 2-3pm. Congrats to all!


    2020 American Book Award Winners

    Reginald Dwayne Betts, Felon

    Sara Borjas, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff

    Neeli Cherkovski, Raymond Foye, and Tate Swindell (editors), Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman

    Staceyann Chin, Crossfire: A Litany for Survival

    Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Sabrina & Corina: Stories

    Tara Fickle, The Race Card: From Gaming Technologies to Model Minorities

    Erika Lee, America for Americans: History of Xenophobia in the United States

    Yoko Ogawa, The Memory Police

    Jake Skeets, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

    George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker, They Called Us Enemy

    Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

    De’Shawn Charles Winslow, In West Mills

    Albery Woodfox with Leslie George, Solitary: My Story of Transformation and Hope

    Lifetime Achievement

    Eleanor W. Traylor

    Editor Award

    Kofi Natambu, The Panopitcon Review 

    Publisher Award

    Jasper Berns, Joshua Clover, and Juliana Spahr (editors), Commune Editions

    Oral Literature Award

    Amalia Leticia Ortiz

    Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award

    Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll (editors), Appalachian Reckoning: A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy

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