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Here are the 2017 nominees for the 13th Annual African American Literary Awards Show:

1. Fiction

LaChelle Weaver - Sister Surrogate

ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray - It Should've Been Me

Kimberla Lawson Roby - Sin of a Woman (A Curtis Black Novel)

Donna Hill- A House Divided

Sadeqa Johnson - And Then There Was Me: A Novel of Friendship, Secrets and Lies

2. Biography/Memoir

Taraji P. Henson - Around the Way Girl: A Memoir

Gabourey Sidibe - This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

Roxane Gay - Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

Valerie Graves - Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be

Susan Burton - Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women

3. Non Fiction

Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin - Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

April Ryan - At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White

Michael Eric Dyson - Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Marc Lamont Hill - Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

Lolita Files - Once Upon a Time in Compton: From gangsta rap to gang wars...The murders of Tupac & Biggie....This is the story of two men at the center of it all

4. Christian Fiction

Tiffany L. Warren - Her Secret Life

Jacqueline Thomas - Jezebel's Revenge (Volume 3)

CaSandra McLaughlin & Michelle Stimpson - Deacon Brown's Daughters

Victoria Christopher Murray - Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel (The Seven Deadly Sins)

Michelle Lindo-Rice - The Resolution (A Pulled from the Headlines Read)

5. Urban Fiction

Zach Tate - The Legend of Johnny Hustle: The King of Times Square (Part 2)

K’WAN - Diamonds and Pearl (A Diamonds Novel)

De’nesha Diamond - Conspiracy (Parker Crime)

J.M. Benjamin – Memoirs of an Accidental Hustler

JaQuavis Coleman - The Streets Have No King

6. Romance

Brenda Jackson - Guilty Pleasure: A Steele Family and Friends Novel

H.M. Trey - The Knife that Kills the Heart (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents)

Rochelle Alers - Home to Wickham Falls (Wickham Falls Weddings)

Beverly Jenkins - Chasing Down a Dream: A Blessings Novel

Shelly Ellis - Lust & Loyalty (A Chesterton Scandal Novel)

7. Short Stories/Anthologies

Regina R. Robertson - He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers

Dr. Veronie Lawrence - H.O.P.E.: Hearing Other People's Experiences

Jesmyn Ward - The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race

Lesley Nneka Arimah - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories

Marcus Johnson - For the Love Of

8. Break-out Author of the Year

Charlamagne Tha God - Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It

Regina R. Robertson - He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers

Angie Thomas - The Hate U Give

Kevin Hart - I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

Dr. Veronie Lawrence - H.O.P.E.: Hearing Other People's Experiences

9. Author of the year Male

Colson Whitehead -The Underground Railroad

Eric Jerome Dickey - Finding Gideon

Michael Eric Dyson - Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

Marc Lamont Hill - Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

Christopher J. Lebron - The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea

10. Author of the Year Female

Stephanie Powell Watts - No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel

Denene Millner - My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children

Marita Golden - The Wide Circumference of Love

ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray - It Should've Been Me

Donna Hill - A House Divided

11. Independent Publisher of the Year

The Peace In The Storm Publishing

Delphine Publications

A King Production

Wahida Clark Presents Publishing

The Cartel Publications

12. Self-Published Author of the Year

Torri Stuckey - His Dough, Her Cookie: The Black Woman's Guide To Love And Marriage In The Age Of Independence

Lola StVil - Noru 7 : Rage of Angels (The Noru)

Wahida Clarke - Sincerely, the Boss!

Tamika Newhouse & Justin "Q" Young - The Words I Didn't Say 2

Tamicka Higgins - Queen of the City

13. Self Help

Sheri Riley - Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are

Valorie Burton - Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence

Denene Millner - My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children

John W. Gray III - I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God

KeKe Palmer - I Don't Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice

14. Mystery/Suspense

Mary Monroe - Never Trust a Stranger (Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart)

Karen E. Osborne - Getting It Right

Nicole Blades -The Thunder Beneath Us

Brit Bennett - The Mothers: A Novel

Brick & Storm - The Syndicate: Carl Weber Presents

15. Magazine Non Literary

Monarch Magazine

Bleu Magazine

Essence

Black Enterprise

Uptown

16. Children/Young Adult

Renée Watson- Piecing Me Together

Jason Reynolds- The Boy in the Black Suit

Denene Millner - Early Sunday Morning (Denene Millner Books)

Jewell Parker Rhodes - Towers Falling

Ilyasah Shabazz - X: A Novel

17. Magazine – Literary

African Voices Mosaic Written Shades of Romance BlackBerry

18. Publishing House Of The Year

Atria Books Grand Central Publishing Brown Girls Books Kimani Press St. Martin’s Press

19. Bookclub Of The Year

Simple Pleasures Bookclub Sugar and Spice Book club Colorful Minds Book Club Brownstone Book Club Uptown Girl’s Harlem Book Club

20. Cookbook

Tia Mowry - Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You

Ayesha Curry - The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well

Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez - 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot: Reset Your Body, Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Feel Great

Patti LaBelle - Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About

Calibe Thompson - 50 Favorite Jamaican Recipes: Taste the Islands Essentials

21. Comedy

Luvvie Ajayi - I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual

Phoebe Robinson - You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Samantha Irby - We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays

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