Here are the 2019 nominees for the 15th Annual African American Literary Awards Show:

Eric Jerome Dickey – before we were wicked
Gizelle Bryant – My world
Brenda hampton - Livin' Life Like It's Golden
De'Shawn Charles Winslow - In West Mills
Bernice mcfadden  - Praise Song for the Butterflies

Elaine Welteroth - More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say
Lucia Kay McBath & Rosemarie Robotham - Standing Our Ground: The Triumph of Faith Over Gun Violence: A Mother's Story
Anna Deavere Smith  - Notes from the Field
Joy-Ann Reid - The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story
Akiba Solomon & Kenrya Rankin - How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance

Michelle obama – becoming
common - Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir
Kiese Laymon - Heavy: An American Memoir
Darnell L. Moore - No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America
Bridgett Davis - The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers

Walter mosley – John woman
Lauren Wilkinson - American Spy: A Novel
J.d. mason - The Woman Trapped in the Dark: A Novel (Blink, Texas Trilogy)
Lauren Wilkinson - American Spy: A Novel
Mark Stephen o’neal - Frenemy: The Chronicles of Brock Lane

Children/young adult
Angie Thomas - On The Come Up
Sherri Winston - Jada Sly, Artist & Spy
Denene milner - Fresh Princess
Vashti Harrison   & Matthew a. cherry -Hair Love
Sharee Miller - Don’t touch my hair!

Short Stories/Anthologies
Glory edim - Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D - Thick: And Other Essays
Damon young - What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays
Steven Van patten & marc Abbott  - Hell At the Way Station
Donna brazile, Yolanda caraway, leah daughtry & minion mooore - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics

Street/urban fiction
Kiki swinson - The Safe House
Joy Deja king - Assassins...: Episode 1 (Be Careful With Me)
K’wan - Lawless
Ashley Antoinette – Love Burn: the full novel
Nisa Santiago - Cartier Cartel - Head Games - Part 4

Alice walker - Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart
Mariah Thomas– Heart and Soul: Poems of Thoughts & Emotions
Eve l. ewing - 1919

Science fiction
Shelly Em -  At Love's End: The Experiment
N. K. Jemisin - How Long 'til Black Future Month?
Marlon james - Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy)
Steven Van Patten & Marc Abbott - Hell At the Way Station
Robert fleming - Evil Never Sleeps: Tales of Light and Darkness

Breakout Author of the year
LaTanya Yvette – woman of color
Jayne allen  - Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel for Grown Ups
Nic stone – Dear Martin
Candice Carty-Williams - Queenie
Anissa Gray - The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Kwame Onwuachi  - Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

Historical fiction
Saidiya Hartman - Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval
Imani Perry - Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
Jennifer c. nash  - Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality (Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies)
Sabrina Strings - Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia
Sara Collins - The Confessions of Frannie Langton

Quad webb - Cooking with Miss Quad: Live, Laugh, Love and Eat
Carla hall - Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration
Snoop dog - From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen (Snoop Dogg Cookbook, Celebrity Cookbook with Soul Food Recipes)
Lazarus Lynch  - Son of a Southern Chef: Cook with Soul
NMAAHC  - Sweet Home Café Cookbook: A Celebration of African American Cooking

Joi-Marie McKenzie - The Engagement Game: Why I Said "I Don't" to Marriage and "I Do" to Me
LaShawne Holland - Born to Multiply
DeVon Franklin - The Truth About Men: What Men and Women Need to Know
Tee Marie Hanible - The Warrior Code: 11 Principles to Unleash the Badass Inside of You
Joy Thomas Moore  - The Power of Presence: Be a Voice in Your Child's Ear Even When You're Not with Them

Beverly Jenkins – Rebel (Women Who Dare)
Rochelle alers - Dealmaker, Heartbreaker (Wickham Falls Weddings)
Chloe blake & nana prah  - A Taste of Passion & Ambitious Seduction: A 2-in-1 Collection
Kianna alexander  & Joy Avery - Forever with You & The Sweet Taste of Seduction
Synithia Williams - Guarding His Heart (Scoring for Love)

Christian fiction
Michelle stimpson - Love Discovered: A Christian Romance
Victoria Christopher murray - Greed: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel
Denora m. boone - Preaching Lies
Shanika roach - The Pastor's Lie
Lakisha Johnson - The Family that Lies: Merci Restored

Publisher Of The Year
Brown Girl Books
Simon & Schuster
Grand Central Publishing
Atria Books
St. Martin Press

Independent Publisher Of The Year
Laughing Black Vampire Productions
Akashic Books
Black classic press
Amber books publishing
Peace in the storm publishing

Author of the year - male
Andre Iguodala - The Sixth Man
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem: A Memoir
Eric Jerome Dickey - Before we were wicked
De’Shawn Charles Winslow – In the mills
Jason Wilson  - Cry Like a Man: Fighting for Freedom from Emotional Incarceration

Author of the year - female
Elaine Welteroth - More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say
Tanisha C. Ford - Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl's Love Letter to the Power of Fashion
Nicole Dennis-Benn - Patsy: A Novel
Toni Morrison - The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations
ReShonda Tate Billingsley - The Book in Room 316

Uptown magazine
The network journal
Monarch Magazine
Black enterprise

Literary magazine
Real Life Real Faith Magazine
Black Fox Literary Magazine
Mosaic Literary Magazine
African voices magazine

Book club of the year
Mocha girls read - harlem
Well Read Sistas Book Club
Simple Pleasures Bookclub
Sugar and Spice Book club
Uptown Girl’s Harlem Book Club

Self-published author of the year
Tamara Mitchell Davis - Goodbye Fear, Hello Destiny! 15 Strategies for Pursuing Your Dream
Derrick Jaxn- Don't Forget Your Crown: Self-Love has everything to do with it
Stephan Labossiere - How To Get A Man To Cherish You...If You're His Wife: A no-nonsense guide for every wife or bride-to-be
Tony A. Gaskins Jr. - Make It Work: 22 Time-Tested, Real-Life Lessons for Sustaining a Healthy, Happy Relationship
Cheryl Polote- Williamson  - Soulful Prayers: The Power of Intentional Communication with God

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