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Anisfield-Wolf Community Blog

New Televised Special Will Celebrate Our 2020 Award Recipients Oct 1

Join us October 1 to toast the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards authors and their brilliant books. WVIZ/PBS ideastream will produce, distribute and broadcast an original one hour of television highlighting the 85th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. It will be hosted by Jury Chair Henry Louis Gates Jr. and feature a visit to the hometowns of historian Eric Foner, poet Ilya Kaminsky, scholar Charles King and novelist Namwali Serpell. This destination viewing will let the Anisfield-Wolf community gather without fear of the pandemic. "We are... Read More →

“We Are Radical Monarchs” Documentary Shows Young Girls Taking Flight In The Social Justice Realm

A photo of the inaugural class of Radical Monarchs "I was meant to be here," 11-year-old Amia said as she twirled around the state capitol building in Sacramento, California.  On a field trip with roughly a dozen other members of the Radical Monarchs, a social justice troop based out of Oakland, California, Amia's enthusiasm was captured in the riveting 2019 documentary, "We Are the Radical Monarchs."  Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton, it follows the troop's co-founders Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn... Read More →

New Exhibition Pulls Local Community Into The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award Canon

Cleveland photographer Amanda King took this photo, "What's Next," as part of the Inter|Urban public art project. Her work was inspired by Isabel Wilkerson's "Warmth of Other Suns" and was one of the pieces selected as a reflection prompt in this year's exhibiton. An innovative virtual exhibition at Case Western Reserve University selects and showcases new local responses to Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards writing. Sponsored by the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, the exhibition features 10 new poems and essays responding to... Read More →

Kamden Hilliard Named Second Anisfield-Wolf Fellow At Cleveland State University Poetry Center

Kamden Hilliard — a poet who has lived in Hawai’i, southern California, New York City, Hong Kong, Iowa and South Carolina over their 26 years — will be the second Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Writing and Editing.  Hilliard was chosen from among more than 100 applicants. The poet, who uses “they, them, their” pronouns, has yet to see Cleveland. That will happen when they start the two-year fellowship in August at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. The new fellow will succeed Leila Chatti, whose first book “Deluge” arrives... Read More →

Introducing Our Class Of 2020

The Cleveland Foundation today unveiled the winners of its 85th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. The 2020 recipients of the only national juried prize for literature that confronts racism and explores diversity are: Eric Foner, Lifetime Achievement Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic, Poetry Charles King, Gods of the Upper Air, Nonfiction Namwali Serpell, The Old Drift, Fiction “The new Anisfield-Wolf winners bring us fresh insights on race and diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr. who chairs the jury. “This year, we honor a... Read More →

CANCELLED: Novelist Peter Ho Davies To Announce 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Winners March 30

We have cancelled the March 30 reading by Peter Ho Davies and announcement of our 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards winners, in keeping with the precautions at all Ohio libraries due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please stay tuned for an online announcement March 30 of the new class of recipients.  We thank our partner, the Cuyahoga County Public Library, and all those who made plans to join us in person. We encourage you to mark your calendars for 6 p.m. Thursday October 1 at the Connor Palace Theater of Playhouse Square for the awards... Read More →

Honoring Toni Morrison With A “Gesture Of Love” On Her Birthday

A mere dozen miles from the site where Toni Morrison was born Chloe Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, a day-long gathering will mark what would have been the novelist's 89th birthday. "In Celebration of Toni Morrison: A Gesture of Love and Reflection" will be live-streamed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Oberlin College campus. Organizer Johnny Coleman, professor of Studio Art and Africana studies, began working on the event the day after Morrison died in August. “This warrior artist had such a giant global impact and such an individual impact," he... Read More →

What Henry Louis Gates Thinks About The “Beer Summit” Incident, 11 Years Later

Henry Louis Gates Jr. rarely speaks about one of his most publicized moments — the July 2009 arrest by Sgt. James Crowley at his Cambridge home, leading to the infamous "beer summit" at the Obama White House. Now the multi-hyphenate — historian, TV host, executive producer, editor, Harvard professor and Anisfield-Wolf jury chair — reflects on that incident, some 11 years later, in a new interview with New York Times magazine. "President Obama made an innocent comment that the arrest was stupid, which it was," he told the publication.... Read More →

On Anniversary of Auschwitz Liberation, These Two Anisfield-Wolf Titles Offer Reflection

The gate at Auschwitz. Photo credit xiquinhosilva via Flickr Ten years after Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book prizes, Soviet troops advanced across southeastern Poland and liberated Auschwitz, the complex were 1.3 million were enslaved — and 1.1 million murdered — during the Second World War.  Did the prominent Jewish Clevelander with family in Austria ask herself in 1945, "In the face of such decimation, what good is a book award?" Seventy-five years after the fact of Auschwitz was laid bare to the world, “attacking Jews... Read More →

Cleveland Residents Invited To Anisfield-Wolf Reading Series

  Pull up a chair at Case Western Reserve University's new reading seminar for a hearty discussion of four Anisfield-Wolf award-winning books, covering everything from the modern, urban Native experience to the consequences of political upheaval in Chile. Organizers invite you to explore four Anisfield-Wolf award winning books: "There There" by Tommy Orange (2019, fiction) — January 23 Orange, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho nations, launched his literary career with :"There There," a layered, multi generational... Read More →
  • 2020 Winners Celebration Announcement

    2020 Winners to be Celebrated Oct. 1st in Televised Special

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