FLAC extends a special congratulations to Ira Sukrungruang on his 2015 American Book Award win for Southside Buddhist!

The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.  The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions.  There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term “multicultural” to be not a description of various categories, groups, or “special interests,” but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers’ award given by other writers.

The 2015 American Book Award Winners are:

Hisham Aidi
Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture (Vintage)

Arlene Biala
her beckoning hands (Word Poetry)

Arthur Dong
Forbidden City, USA: Chinese American Nightclubs, 1936-1970 (DeepFocus Productions)

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (Beacon Press)

Peter J. Harris
The Black Man of Happiness (Black Man of Happiness Project)

Marlon James
A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead Books)

Martin Kilson
Transformation of the African American Intelligentsia, 1880–2012 (Harvard University Press)

Naomi Klein
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Simon & Schuster)

Laila Lalami
The Moor’s Account (Pantheon)

Manuel Luis Martinez
Los Duros (Floricanto Press)

Craig Santos Perez
from unincorporated territory [guma’] (Omnidawn)

Carlos Santana, with Ashley Khan and Hal Miller
The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light (Little, Brown and Company)

Ira Sukrungruang
Southside Buddhist (University of Tampa Press)

Astra Taylor
The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Henry Holt)

Lifetime Achievement:
Anne Waldman


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2014 Other Words Photo Gallery

Photos courtesy of Michael Macdonald.