February 15, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — theoraclegroup @ 5:21 am

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

Blonde Faith – Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz (Penguin/Riverhead)
Cion: A Novel – Zakes Mda (Picador)
Knots – Nuruddin Farah (Penguin/Riverhead)
New England White: A Novel – Stephen L. Carter (Alfred A. Knopf/RH)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

An Unbroken Agony – Randall Robinson (Basic Civitas Books/Perseus)
Brother, I’m Dying – Edwidge Danticat (Alfred A. Knopf/RH)
Know What I Mean?: Reflections on Hip-Hop – Michael Eric Dyson (Basic Civitas Books/Perseus)
Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond – Don Cheadle, John Prendergast (Hyperion)
Race and Racism in the Chinas: Chinese Racial Attitudes Toward Africans and African-Americans – M. Dujon Johnson (Authorhouse)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears – Dinaw Mengestu (Penguin/Riverhead)
Grace Will Lead Me Home – Robin Givens (Hyperion)
Like Trees, Walking – Ravi Howard (Harper Collins/-Amistad)
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishmael Beah (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir – Victoria Rowell (Harper Collins)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

I Got Your Back: A Father and Son Keep it Real About Love, Fatherhood, Family, and Friendship – Eddie Levert Sr., Gerald Levert, Lyah Beth LeFlore (Broadway Books)
My Grandfather’s Son – Clarence Thomas (Harper Collins)
Obama: From Promise to Power – David Mendell (Harper Collins/Amistad)O
Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith – Tommie Smith, David Steele (Temple University Press)
The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir – Victoria Rowell (Harper Collins/William Morrow)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

The Covenant in Action – Tavis Smiley (Smiley Books)
Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success -Russell Simmons (Penguin/Gotham)
Get Yours!: The Girlfriends’ Guide to Having Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More – Amy Dubois Barnett (Random House/Broadway)
Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits – T. D. Jakes (Simon & Schuster/Atria Books)
This Year You Write Your Novel – Walter Mosley (Little, Brown & Company

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Acolytes: Poems – Nikki Giovanni (Harper Collins/William Morrow)
Duende – Tracy K. Smith (Gray Wolf Press)
Eloquence: Rhythm and Renaissance – Usiku (UsiKu.net)
Quiver of Arrows – Carl Phillips (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Selected Poems – Derek Walcott (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

A Friendship For Today – Patricia C. McKissack (Scholastic Inc.)
Elijah of Buxton – Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Inc.)
Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals – Ashley Bryan (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing/Atheneum)
Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson – Sue Stauffacher, Author; Greg Couch, Illustrator (Random House)
Young Pelé: Soccer’s First Star – Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author; James Ransome, Illustrator (Random House)
Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

Body Drama – Nancy Redd (Penguin/Gotham)
Center for Cartoon Studies Presents: Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow – James Sturm, Author; Rich Tommaso, Illustrator (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing)
Divine Confidential – Jacquelin Thomas (Pocketbooks/Simon & Schuster)
More Than Entertainers: An Inspirational Black Career Guide – Charles B. Schooler, Author; Gary Young, Illustrator (Zenith Publishing)
Shadow Speaker – Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing)


1 Comment »

  1. I was one of the nominees in the NAACP non-fiction category (Race and Racism in the Chinas: Chinese racial attitudes toward Africans and African-Americans) but I doubt if any of the committee members read my book; I think it was more of a beauty pageant. While the book in Europe and Asia is considered a landmark and pioneering work, most Afrian-Americans will not read the book although it is a very crucial issue. Oh well, I guess I am writing for a white audience.

    Comment by M. Dujon Johnson — February 21, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

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