NAACP Image Awards

One of my favorite things about the NAACP Image Awards is that they hand out literary awards. Now of course you wouldn't know this reading a lot of websites and news outlets which will list the "complete" list of winners and then leave out an entire section of awards and award winners.

As writers, we are used to this, though...

Anyway I just wanted to post the winners of the literary awards because while I have not read all of them, it's an incredible lineup of people and features a number of immensely talented people.

I mean Ta-Nehisi Coates is, well, my admiration and respect for TNC knows few bounds.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma was one of the best debut novels of 2015. An incredible book and an amazing story from a writer who is an immense talent. Obioma was up against another incredible talent, Angela Flournoy.

Terrance Hayes is one of the best poets in America today. Also he was up against a number of talented people including Ross Gay and Carl Phillips. How to be Drawn may be my favorite of Hayes' books and he deserves all the praise he can get for it.

I never read the children's book about Gordon Parks, but I have such love for Parks' work that I want to read it. I mean it's Gordon Parks.

Also Soul Food Love is a cookbook I love and have used. And lord knows I can't say that about many cookbooks but Alice Randall (who some might remember as the author sued years back when she wrote a take on Gone with the Wind). She wrote it with her daughter (the talented poet Caroline Randall Williams whose debut collection came out the previous year) and it has some solid recipes.

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction:
Stand Your Ground, by Victoria Christopher Murrary

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction:
Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Bengaby Pamela Newkirk

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author:
The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography:
Between The World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional:
Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family, by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry:
How to Be Drawn, by Terrance Hayes

Outstanding Literary Work – Children:
Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author) and Jamey Christoph (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

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