The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announced the winners of the 2020 BCALA Literary Awards during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Philadelphia, PA. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2019.
The American Library Association had a historic win for children's literature where New Kid written and illustrated by Jerry Craft and The Undefeated written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson swept the awards winning the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Book Jury Awards.
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association selected some fantastic books this weekend as the organization celebrates its 50th year of advocating for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation's African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians.
The BCALA Awards started in 1994, recognizes excellence in African American fiction and nonfiction literature. The recipients will receive awards during the 2020 11th National Conference of African American Librarians in Tulsa, OK. This year's winners are:
1st Novelist Award
This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.
The Fiction Category Winner