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The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and human diversity. Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book awards in 1935. Presented by the Cleveland Foundation, it remains the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and equity. The awards ceremony is 6 p.m. Thursday September 27 in the State Theatre of Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.

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From The Jury Chair

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Letter from the Chairman, Henry Louis Gates Jr. Thoughtful, provocative writing about cultural identity has been rare in this country, so that makes it even more remarkable that... Read More →

From The Cleveland Foundation

Ronald Richard
Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.45 billion and annual grants of $90... Read More →

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