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10 Gems From 2018 That Deserve A Spot On Your 2019 Reading List

As we bid adieu to 2018, allow us to shine a last, lingering reading light on ten highlights: the year’s titles from Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners.  It should surprise no one that several are already acclaimed as the best-of-the-year. All are worth reading. “American Histories: Stories” by John Edgar Wideman  In the latest literary stroke from an American master, these 21 short stories “are linked by astringent wit, audacious invention and a dry sensibility,” according to one critic. Another calls them “irresistible” and “profoundly moving.” The first, “JB & FD” imagines conversations between John Brown and Frederick Douglass. Another tale takes up with Jean-Michel Basquiat. Still another, “Williamsburg Bridge,” rests with a man contemplating... Read More →

VIDEO: 2012 Winner David W. Blight Speaks At Cleveland’s City Club

Yale professor David W. Blight spoke at the esteemed City Club the day after our Anisfield-Wolf ceremony to speak about his latest work, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era. Watch the video and let us know if you've had a chance to read his work. We welcome your comments. Read More →

Listen As Esi Edugyan, David Livingstone Smith, David W. Blight And Arnold Rampersad Discuss Race And Diversity

We won't spend too much time on an introduction today; let's get right to the meaty stuff. Recently, our 2012 winners all had a chance to speak with Dred-Scott Keyes on the Public Radio Exchange to discuss their books and the deeper themes within. Take a listen to David W. Blight and Esi Edugyan in part one, and David Livingstone Smith and Arnold Rampersad in part two: Read More →

VIDEO: Who Was The Most Important African American Leader Of The 19th Century?

Some of the world's greatest historians—David W. Blight, Henry Louis Gates, Taylor Branch, etc.—are also Anisfield-Wolf award winners. They know their subjects backward and forward, being able to recall dates, times, places with astonishing accuracy, clarity and insight. They make it possible for us to get to know some of history's most important leaders in a way that is completely accessible.  That is what David W. Blight aims to do with his upcoming book, his third focusing on the life of Frederick Douglass, who he claims is the "most important and famous African American leader in the nineteenth century." Check out the above video to learn more about the man who escaped slavery to become President Abraham Read More →

Upcoming Events For Our 2012 Winners

We are roughly a month away from the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf ceremony and is customary, we are alerting fans to several opportunities to meet our 2012 winners.  Book Signing with David Livingstone Smith Cuyahoga County Public Library, Beachwood Branch (In the Meeting Room) 25501 Shaker BoulevardBeachwood, Ohio 44122-2398Corner of Richmond & Shaker BoulevardWednesday, September 12, 20127:00 PM – 8:30 PMRegistration is recommended. Click here to register.     Lecture with David W. Blight Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities (Clark Hall Room 309)Wednesday, September 12, 20124:30 PM – 5:30 PMThis event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. Click here to register.  Read More →

5 Things To Know About David W. Blight, 2012 Winner For Nonfiction

We'll be spending this week exploring the lives and works of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Award winners. First up is David W. Blight, 2012 winner for nonfiction, for his work, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era. He's working on a biography of Frederick Douglass to be released in 2013. He is, as to be expected from his body of work, one of the nation's most preeminent scholars on the Civil War. (Read his thoughts on whether the war could have been prevented.)  His course at Yale, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, is available for free on Yale's Open Courses website. Check it out here.  His work has been acknowledged by many, as his long list of awards and accolades can prove. He's won the Frederick Douglass Prize, the Lincoln Prize, the Merli Curti... Read More →
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