QBR Book Awards Celebrate New Authors

Opening of QBR/Wheatley Book Awards 2013
Opening of QBR/Wheatley Book Awards 2013

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.


Sadeqa Johnson Wins Award for "Love in A Carry-On Bag"
Sadeqa Johnson Wins Award for “Love in A Carry-On Bag”

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
Sonia Sanchez at QBR Book Awards 2013

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.



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