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Product DetailsThe Night Before Christmas Has Come and Gone...Now What? by Linda Beecham (Author) (Paperback - Jan. 29, 2010)
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BCALA Winners and nominees, 1994-2000
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Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Fiction Honor Books
Those Bones Are Not My Child by Toni Cade Bambara
The Ghost by Marc Olden
Imani All Mine by Connie Porter
Homelands and Waterways: The American Journey of the Bond Family 1846-1926 by Adele Logan Alexander
Nonfiction Honor Books
On the Bus with Rosa Parks: Poems by Rita Dove
B. Smith: Rituals & Celebrations by Barbara Smith
Finding a Place Called Home: A Guide to African-American Genealogy and Historical Identity by Dee Parmer Woodtor
BCALA First Novelist Award
Inner City Blues by Paula L. Woods --Winner!
Outstanding Contribution to African American Literature
Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience, edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


The Healing by Gayl Jones--Winner!
Fiction Honor Books
A Toast Before Dying by Grace F. Edwards
See No Evil by Eleanor Taylor Bland
Nonfiction: Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts by Carolyn Mazloomi--Winner!
Nonfiction Honor Books
Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary by Juan Williams
Sacred Bond: Black Men and Their Mothers by Keith Michael Brown
Outstanding Contribution to African American Literature: The History of Black Business in America: Capitalism, Race, Entrepeneurship by Juliet E.K. Walker--Winner!


Fiction: The River Where Blood is Born by Sandra Jackson-Opoku--Winner!
Fiction Honor Books
Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven by Dawn Turner Trice
The Thang That Ate My Grandaddy's Dog by John Calvin Rainey
Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made by Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
Nonfiction: The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey by Toi Derricotte--Winner!
Nonfiction Honor Books
An Original Man: The Life and Times of Elijah Muhammad by Claude Andrew Clegg III
Lest We Forget: The Passage from Slavery and Emancipation by Velma Maia Thomas
Jackie Robinson: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad
First Novelist: The View From Here by Brian Keith Jackson--Winner!
Outstanding Contribution to African American Literature: Black Classic Press--Winner!


Fiction: Sarah's Psalm by Florence Ladd--Winner!
Fiction Honor Books
Flight of the Blackbird by Faye McDonald Smith
Gospel Choirs: Psalms of Survival in an Alien Land Called Home by Derrick Bell
First Novelist: Push by Sapphire--Winner!
Nonfiction: Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter--Winner!
Nonfiction Honor Books
America Is Me by Kennell Jackson
Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions: Fiction, Essays, and Conversations by Toni Cade Bambara, edited by Toni Morrison
Outstanding Contribution to African American Literature: Albert Murray (novelist, literature professor, and music scholar)--Winner!


Fiction: RL's Dream by Walter Mosley--Winner!
The Good Negress by A. J. Verdelle
First Novelist: An Open Weave by Devorah Major--Winner!
Nonfiction: Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men In America edited by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen--Winner!
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing: Spooks, Spies, and Private Eyes: Black Mystery, Crime & Suspense Fiction by Paula L. Woods--Winner!


Fiction: Rattlebone by Maxine Clair--Winner!
I Hear a Symphony: African Americans Celebrate Love by Paula L. Woods and Felix H. Liddell
Rocking the Babies by Linda Raymond

First Novelist: The Serpent's Gift by Helen Elaine Lee--Winner!

Nonfiction: I've Known Rivers: Lives of Loss and Liberation by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot--Winner!
Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African-Americans edited by James Melvin Washington
Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood by Gerald Early

Outstanding Contribution to Publishing: Feeling the Spirit: Searching the World for the People of Africa by Chester Higgins Jr.--Winner!

Fiction: A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines--Winner! Get the Movie
Getting Right With God by Lionel Newton
Free Enterprise by Michelle Cliff
First Novelist: Losing Absalom by Alexs D. Pate--Winner!
Nonfiction: W. E. B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919 by David Levering Lewis--Winner!
Nella Larsen, Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance: A Woman's Life Unveiled by Thadious Davis
Outstanding Contribution to Publishing: Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia edited by Darlene C. Hine--Winner!

Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards

Founded by Dr. Alex Boyd, the director of the Newark (New Jersey) Public Library, the BCALA Awards recognize outstanding work by African American authors. Winners receive the BCALA Medallion and an honorarium of $500. In addition, certificates are given to the authors given Honor, First Novel, and Outstanding Contribution to Publishing awards. Winners are announced during the American Library Association's Midwinter Meeting, and the awards themselves are presented at the ALA Annual Conference.

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