41st NAACP Image Awards – Literature Nominees

The 2010 NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (motion picture, television, recording, and literature), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Literature Categories
Winners are highlighted in bold.

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“Basketball Jones” – E. Lynn Harris (Doubleday)
“Before I Forget” – Leonard Pitts, Jr. (Agate Bolden)
“Life is Short But Wide” – J. California Cooper (Doubleday)
“The Book of Night Women” – Marlon James (Riverhead Books)
“The Long Fall” – Walter Mosley (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Brain Surgeon: A Doctor’s Inspiring Encounters With Mortality and Miracles” – Keith Black, MD with Arnold Mann (Grand Central Publishing)
“Family Affair: What It Means to be African American Today” – Gil L. Robertson, IV (Agate Bolden)
“Freedom in My Heart: Voices From the United States National Slavery Museum” – Cynthia Jacobs Carter (National Geographic Books)
“In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past” – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Crown)
“Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis” – Al Gore (Rodale Inc.)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“3rd Generation Country” – BeNeca Ward (Xlibris Corporation)
“A Question of Freedom” – R. Dwayne Betts (Avery Books)
“Black Water Rising” – Attica Locke (Harper)
“Kiss the Sky: A Novel” – Farai Chideya (Atria Books)
“Lime Tree Can’t Bear Orange” – Amanda Smyth (Three Rivers Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
“Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud” – Dr. Cornel West (SmileyBooks)
“Michelle Obama” – Deborah Willis (W. W. Norton)
“POPS: A Life of Louis” – Terry Teachout (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
“Shooting Stars” – LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger (The Penguin Press)
“Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne” – James Gavin (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” – Steve Harvey (Amistad)
“The Conversation: How Black Men & Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships” – Hill Harper (Gotham Books)
“Down to Business” – Clara Villarosa with Alicia Villarosa (Avery Books)
“Start Where You Are” – Chris Gardner (Amistad)
“Your Money or Your Life” – Alvin Hall (Atria Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Bicycles” – Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow)
“Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry” – Camille Dungy (The University of Georgia Press)
“Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem” – Mitchell L. H. Douglas (Red Hen Press)
“Mixology: National Poetry Series” – Adrian Matejka (Penguin Group)
“Roses and Revolutions: The Selected Writings of Dudley Randall” – Melba Joyce Boyd (Wayne State University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Child of the Civil Rights Movement” – Paula Young Shelton (Random House Children’s Books)
“Negro Speaks of Rivers” – Langston Hughes (Author), E.B. Lewis (Illustrator) (Disney-Jump at the Sun/Disney Book Group)
“Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change” – Michelle Cook (Author), A.G. Ford, Bryan Collier, Charlotte Riley- Webb, Cozbi Cabrera , Diane Dillon, E.B. Lewis, Eric Velasquez , Frank Morrison, James Ransome, Leo Dillon, Pat Cummings , R. Gregory Christie, Shadra Strickland (Illustrators), Marian Wright Edelman (Introduction) (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
“Peeny Butter Fudge” – Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
“Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Toeshoe Trouble” – Whoopi Goldberg with Deborah Underwood (authors), Maryn Roos (Illustrator) (Disney-Jump at the Sun/Disney Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice” – Phillip Hoose (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Farrar Straus and Giroux)
“Just Another Hero” – Sharon Draper (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)
“Mare’s War” – Tanita S. Davis (Random House Children’s Books)
“Michelle Obama: Meet the First Lady” – David Bergen Brophy (Collins-An Imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books)
“Rock and the River” – Kekla Magoon (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

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