Friday was the Inaugural QBR/Phillis Wheatley Book Awards. This ceremony is a recognition of new authors, and was the kick off for this year’s Harlem Book Fair. Councilwoman Inez Dickens received an award for Literacy Partner.
Please note that these awards are for books that came out in 2012.
Children’s Books- Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons
Young Adults- The Diary of BB Bright: Possible Princess by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams
First Fiction- Antebellum by R.K. Thomas
Poetry- Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah by Patricia Smith
Fiction- Love In A Carry-On Bag by Sadeqa Johnson
Non-Fiction/Biography & Memoir- Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis
Non-Fiction/History and Politics- Gather at the Table by Sharon Leslie Morgan and Thomas Morgan DeWolf
African-American Publisher of the Year- Tony Rose of Amber Books
Sonia Sanchez was there to present the award for Poetry, and performed a piece for the audience as well. Giving needed words of encouragement to the audience after such a rough week for Black America, Sanchez drew people to their feet in applause. This event was a good start to what would be an interesting weekend in Harlem.