Next week, the African American Literary Awards powers into its 7th year with a host of power players, counting Sonia Sanchez, Walter Mosley, Cornel West, Victoria Rowell, G. Garvin and Hill Harper among its esteemed attendees and honorees in previous years.
The 2011 Awards will reach the high bar that has been set with its roll call of notables in the literary arena. The show has become an anticipated and highly regarded event by publishing houses, authors and book lovers. Authors are awarded in 25 categories ranging from Cookbook to Historical Fiction to Self Help to Breakout Author of the Year. This year, the event will be hosted by actress Napiera Groves (above).
Executive Producer Yvette Hayward (left) worked with authors for several years before deciding to launch her signature recognition initiative. She knew there was a void to be filled. African American authors were underrated and African American readers were underserved. The landscape of the marketplace had changed dramatically. To date, the event is the only consistent recognition vehicle of record for African American authors.
7th Annual African American Literary Awards
Thursday, September 22, 6pm-9pm
Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building
163 West 125 Street, Floor 3
New York, NY