NAACP Image Awards: Literature Category

The same folks who gave Diddy an award for that horrid performance in Raisin in the Sun have announced their latest nominees in various categories. For those of you who have patiently waited since last February for a new set of award-winning surprises, the NAACP Image Awards final brings you just that. Check out who they want to consider for literature awards this year:

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

‘Basketball Jones’ – E. Lynn Harris
‘Before I Forget’ – Leonard Pitts, Jr.
‘Life is Short But Wide’ – J. California Cooper
‘The Book of Night Women’ – Marlon James
‘The Long Fall’ – Walter Mosley

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction

o. ‘Brain Surgeon…’ – Arnold Mann with Keith Black, MD
o. ‘Family Affair: What It Means to be African American Today’ – Gil L. Robertson, IV
o. ‘Freedom in My Heart:’ – Cynthia Jacobs Carter
o. ‘In Search of Our Roots’ – Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
o. ‘Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis’ – Al Gore


Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

o. ‘3rd Generation Country’ – BeNeca Ward
o. ‘A Question of Freedom’ – R. Dwayne Betts
o. ‘Black Water Rising’ – Attica Locke
o. ‘Kiss the Sky: A Novel’ – Farai Chideya
o. ‘Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange’ – Amanda Smyth


Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography

o. ‘Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud’ – Dr. Cornel West
o. ‘Michelle Obama’ – Deborah Willis
o. ‘POPS: A Life of Louis’ – Terry Teachout
o. ‘Shooting Stars’ – LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger
o. ‘Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne’ – James Gavin


Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
o. ‘Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man’ – Steve Harvey
o. ‘The Conversation’ – Hill Harper
o. ‘Down to Business’ – Clara Villarosa with Alicia Villarosa
o. ‘Start Where You Are’ – Chris Gardner
o. ‘Your Money or Your Life’ – Alvin Hall

See more at the NAACP Image Award website. Had I been on my book blog grind, I would have already featured at least 75% of these books on this website. Oh well. Unfortunately, I haven’t read most of the books listed so I have no idea who should win. Shame. I’ll do better this year.

Happy reading, y’all!


7 thoughts on “NAACP Image Awards: Literature Category

  1. My bookclub is reading Leonard Pitts, “Before I Forget”. Our meeting is this coming Sunday. I have about 100 more pages to go. Even though I haven’t read any of the other fiction nominees, I’m going to go out on a whim and say he should win. IT IS EXCELLENT, SO FAR. I’m sure E.Lynn will win though.


  2. The list looks like a mixed bag. I haven’t read any of the books here so, like you, I have no clue who should win. A couple I hope to get to this year – Ferai Chideya’s Kiss the Sky looks promising and I’d also like to read more J. California Cooper. She’s someone I’ve been sleeping on.


  3. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read anything by J. California Cooper in its entirety. I do have ‘Some People, Some Other Place’, but it’s in a pile of books that I haven’t finished reading. Have you checked out that book ‘Wench’? It seems good, I can’t wait to read it.


  4. I’m curious how folks feel about Chideya’s first effort in fiction. I thought it was one of the worst books I’ve ever read. It felt like it still needed alot of editing.


  5. I dont pay much attention to the NAACP Image Awards and didnt have a clue that they have a Literature Category. This is a great list of reads to choose from. Thanks for sharing


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