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2021 AALAS NOMINEES


Here are your nominees:


Break-Out Author

Mateo Askaripour - Black Buck

Robert Jones, Jr - The Prophets

Zakiya Dalila Harris - The Other Black Girl

Morgan Rogers – Honey Girl

Nancy Johnson – The Kindest Lie


HISTORICAL

Sadeqa Johnson – The Yellow Wife

Annette Gorden-Reed – On Juneteenth

Nicole Glover – The Conductors

Jewell Parker Rhodes – Magic City

Yvette Long - AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY: THE UNTOLD STORIES

Clint Smith - How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America


Poetry

Jasmine Manns – Black Girl, Call Home

Amanda Gorman - The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country

Khalisa Rae - Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat

Renee Daniel Flagler - Asylum


Non-Fiction

Don Lemon - This Is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism

Tamika Mallory - State of Emergency: How We Win in the Country We Built

Charles Blow – The Devil You Know

Sho Baraka - He Saw That It Was Good: Reimagining Your Creative Life to Repair a Broken World

Wes Moore & Erica L. Green - Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City


Biography/Memoir

Cicely Tyson - Just as I Am: A Memoir

Mike Hill – Open Mike

Nicole Lynn Lewis - Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families

Danielle Henderson – The Ugly Cry

Steven A. King – It’s Really Good To See You


FICTION

Leesa Cross-Smith - This Close to Okay

LT Ladino Bryson - To and Fro: Kelsey’s Journey

Tia Williams – Seven Days In June

Eric Jerome Dickey - The Son of Mr. Suleman

Morgan Jenkins – Caul Baby


SELF-HELP

Luvvie Ajayi Jones - Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual

Tiffany the Budgetnista Aliche - Get Good with Money: Ten Simple Steps to Becoming Financially Whole

Bevy Smith – Bevelations

Yvonne Orji - Bamboozled By Jesus: How God Tricked Me into the Life of My Dreams

Elayne Fluker - Get Over 'I Got It': How to Stop Playing Superwoman, Get Support, and Remember That Having It All Doesn’t Mean Doing It All Alone


Short-Stories/Anthologies

Aminatta Forna - The Window Seat: Notes from a Life in Motion

Tarana Burke & Brené Brown - You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

Samantha Danielle, Glenn R. Murray, Mel Roberson, Leonard Mogul, Olivia DeMoss & Pierre DeBois - Faith, Failure, Success: Stories Along the Entrepreneurial Journey

Bolu Babalola - Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold

Tamara Winfrey Harris - Dear Black Girl: Letters From Your Sisters on Stepping Into Your Power


Self-Published Author Of The Year

Steven A. King – It’s Really Good To See You

Cheryl Polote-Williamson - The Art of Influence: Inviting Success into Every Area of Your Life

Dr. Cheryl Wood - You Are Enough: Messages of Inspiration and Empowerment to Live Your Best Life

Derron Rowan – A Mindset Of Change

Sandra Sutton – Girl Made Worthy


Mystery

Walter Mosley – Blood Grove

Valerie Wilson Wesley – Glimmer Of Death (An Odessa Jones Mystery)

Femi Kayode – Lightseekers

Stacey Abrams – When Justice Sleeps

Nekesa Afia - Dead Dead Girls (A Harlem Renaissance Mystery)


Science-Fiction

Rivers Solomon- Sorrowland

Namina Forma - The Gilded Ones

Tracy Deonn - Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle)

Rebecca Roanhorse –Black Sun

Kalynn Bayron - This Poison Heart


Children's Book/Young Adult

Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, & Nicola Yoon - Blackout

Debbie Rigaud – Simone Breaks All The Rules

Tami Charles - MUTED

Joya Goffney - Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé - Ace of Spades


Author Of The Year Male

Michael Eric Dyson - Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

Eric Jerome Dickey - The Son of Mr. Suleman

Charles Blow – The Devil You Know

Frederick Joseph - The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person

S.A. Crosby - Razorblade Tears


Author Of The Year – Female

Brenda Myers-Powell & April Reynolds - Leaving Breezy Street

ReShonda Tate Billingsley – A Little Bit Of Karma

Raven Leilani – Luster

Brit Bennett - The Vanishing Half

Tia Williams – Seven Days In June


Cookbook

Rodney Scott - Rodney Scott's World of BBQ: Every Day Is a Good Day: A Cookbook

Deborah VanTrece - The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul Food with Global Flavors

Pepper Teigen - The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes from Everyone's Favorite Thai Mom

Rosie Mayes - I Heart Soul Food: 100 Southern Comfort Food Favorites


ROMANCE

Brittainy Cherry – The Mixtape

Brenda Jackson – Follow Your Heart

Rochelle Alers – the Beach House

Kianna Alexander - After Hours Attraction / His Perfect Fake Engagement

Elle Wright - The Way You Love Me


COMEDY

Quinta Brunson - She Memes Well: Essays

Talia Hibbert - Act Your Age, Eve Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters, 3)

Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar - YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT HAPPENED TO LACEY: CRAZY STORIES ABOUT RACISM


STREET/URBAN FICTION

Shameek A Speight - THE DAUGHTER OF BLACK ICE 2

Joy Deja King - Toxic

K’WAN - Animal V: Executioner's Song

SLMN - The Purple Don: An Illuminati Novel

King Coopa J - Kane 3: Trust Issues


PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR AWARD

BROWN GIRL BOOKS

SIMON & SCHUSTER

GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING

ATRIA BOOKS

ST. MARTIN PRESS


INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER

Peace In The Storm

Third World Press

Broadside Lotus Press

Black Classic Press

220 Communications


BOOKCLUB OF THE YEAR

MOCHA GIRLS READ – HARLEM

SUGAR AND SPICE BOOK CLUB

SISTAH CIRCLE BOOK CLUB

BROWNSTONE BOOK CLUB

SISTERS COMING TOGETHER


LITERARY MAGAZINE

INTELLECTUAL INK Magazine

FIYAH Magazine

MOSAIC Literary Magazine

Black Fox Literary Magazine

WRITTEN


NON-LITERARY MAGAZINE

ESSENCE

UPTOWN MAGAZINE

THE NETWORK JOURNAL

MONARCH MAGAZINE

BLACK ENTERPRISE


Voting will start on Monday, August 9th at 3pm. I will post the voting link here.The 17th Annual African American Literary Awards Show will happen on Saturday, October 2nd....it will happen virtually.


Any questions, please email me at: yvette@literaryawardshow.com


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