The winners of the 2021 Anisfield-Wolf book awards, which are based in Cleveland and are the only literature prize specifically given for works that "confront racism and explore diversity," were announced this morning by the Cleveland Foundation.
Recognized in the 86th annual batch of honors:
- Vincent Brown, “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of An Atlantic Slave War,” co-winner, Nonfiction
- Victoria Chang, “Obit,” Poetry
- Samuel R. Delany, Lifetime Achievement
- James McBride, “Deacon King Kong,” Fiction
- Natasha Trethewey, “Memorial Drive,” co-winner, Nonfiction
All five jurors, including poet Rita Dove, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, historian Simon Schama and psychologist Steven Pinker, are featured in a short video on the selections, which can be viewed below.