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American Book Award Winners

by CounterPunch News Wire

The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Thirty-Fourth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS. The 2013 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at the Miami Book Fair International, in the Auditorium of Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. This event is open to the public.

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for 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.

The 2013 American Book Award Winners are:

Will AlexanderSinging In Magnetic Hoofbeat: Essays, Prose, Texts, Interviews, and a Lecture, Essay Press

Philip P. ChoySan Francisco Chinatown: A Guide To Its History & Architecture, City Lights

Amanda CoplinThe Orchardist, Harper Collins

Natalie DiazWhen My Brother Was An AztecCopper Canyon Press

Louise ErdrichThe Round House, Harper Collins

Alan GilbertBlack Patriots and Loyalists: Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence, University of Chicago

Judy GrahnA Simple Revolution: The Making of an Activist Poet, Aunt Lute Books

Joy HarjoCrazy Brave: A Memoir, W.W. Norton & Co.

Demetria MartinezThe Block Captain’s Daughter, University of Oklahoma Press

Daniel Abdal-Hayy MooreBlood Songs, The Ecstatic Exchange

D. G. Nanouk OkpikCorpse Whale, University of Arizona Press

Seth Rosenfeld, Subversives: The FBI’s War On Student Radical and Reagan’s Rise to PowerFarrar, Strauss & Giroux

Christopher B. TeutonCherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liar’s Club, University of North Carolina

Lew WelchRing of Bone: Collected Poems, City Lights

Lifetime Achievement:

Ivan Argüelles

Greil Marcus

Floyd Salas