The Nominees for the 16th Annual AAMBC Literary Awards are revealed

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Prepare to cheer as the 16th Annual AAMBC Literary Awards shines a spotlight on literary excellence, revealing winners across poetry, influencer recognition, reader favorites, and captivating film and audio genres! See the nominees below and prepare your vote. Winners are announced live in Atlanta during Black Writers Weekend on Aug 4, 2024. Get your tickets here.

Influencer of the Year

  • Bondy Blue
  • Bookish By Tammi 
  • J_RockIsSolid
  • Bangers Bookshelf

Graphic Novel of the Year

  • Dark Lights by RDC World
  • Blacula by Rodney Barnes
  • Ghost Roast by Shawnee Gibbs

LGBTQIA+ Novel of the Year

  • Outdrawn by Deanna-Grey
  • Can’t Let Her Go by Kianna Alexander
  • The Late Americans by Brandon Taylor
  •  As You Walk On By by Julian Winters

Bookstore Of The Year

  • Black Garnet Books – St. Paul, MN
  • Da Book Joint – Chicago
  • Brave & Kind – Atlanta GA
  • BLACKLIT Book Store – Dallas
  • For Keeps Book Store- Atlanta

Indie Novel of the Year

  • Grim: The Hounds of Hell by Phoenix Williams
  • A Justified Love Affair by Kimberly Brown
  • Dear Vicky by Octavia Grant
  • Sinful Enforcer: A Forced Proximity Mafia Romance by Asia Monique
  •  Wrapped Up In His Ruggish Ways by Tay Mo’nae

Mystery/Thriller Novel of the Year

  • Watch Where They Hide: A Jordan Manning Novel by Tamron Hall
  • All the Sinners Bleed: A Novel by S.A. Cosby
  • The Reformatory: A Novel by Tananarive Due
  • Murder is a Piece of Cake: A Delicious Culinary Cozy with an Exciting Twist by Valerie Burns
  • Dear Vicky by Octavia Grant

Health & Wellness Book of the Year

  • Dear Black Girls: How to Be True to You by A’ja Wilson
  • Self-Care Affirmations for Black Women by Rosetta M.C.
  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome at Work: The Black Woman’s Guide to Conquer Perfectionism, Stop Overthinking & Thrive in Your Career by ‘Tine Zekis
  •  Self-Care for Black Women: 7 Powerful Principles to Radically Prioritize your Wellbeing, Embrace Self-Healing & Overcome Daily Struggles with Positive Affirmations by Helene Waigo
  •  All Hope is Found: Rediscovering the Joy of Expectation by Sarah Jakes Roberts

Poetry Book of the Year

  •  This Is the Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets by Kwame Alexander
  • Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices Book by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
  •   One Still Whisper  by Morgan Richard Olivier
  •  HER III (Her, 3) by Pierre Alex Jeanty
  •  Above Ground by Clint Smith

Historical Fiction Novel

  • A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
  • Fallen Grace by Sadeqa Johnson
  •  Take My Hand Paperback by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  •  Let Us Descend: A Novel by Jesmyn Ward
  •  Fires to Come by Asha Lemmie

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novel of the Year

  • Absolute Mayhem by Phoenix Williams
  • House of Marionne by J Elle
  • Shielded by His Darkness by Wynta Tyme
  • Hexed Wolf: Bennett Pack by K.C. Mills
  • Queen of Death: A Dark Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance Leesha McCoy

Urban Book of the Year

  • Asylum by B. Love
  • Southern Belle by Diamond D. Johnson
  • Butterfly 5 by Ashley Antoinette
  •  Jasora: An Alpha’s Queen   by Natavia
  •  Black AF History: The Un-Whitewashed Story of America by Michael Harriot

Podcast of the Year

  • The Kempire
  • Club Shay Shay
  • The Read
  • Shelf Addiction
  • Here’s The Thing

Book To Screen Adaptation of the Year

  • American Fiction
  • The Other Black Girl
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
  • The Changeling
  • The Perfect Find

Television Show of the Year

  • Survival of the Thickest
  • Harlem
  • All American
  • Black Cake
  • Bel Air

Readers Choice

  • A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
  • This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan
  • Grim: The Hounds of Hell by Phoenix Williams
  • The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
  • Asylum by B. Love

Screenwriter of the Year

  • Donald Glover for Swarm
  • A Thousand and One by A.V. Rockwell
  • Origin by Ava DuVernay
  • The Pass by ShaRhonda “Roni” Brown and Todd Tucker
  • Tracy Oliver for Harlem

Motion Picture of the Year

  • They Cloned Tyrone
  • Origin
  • American Fiction
  • Stamped From The Beginning
  • A Thousand and One

Christian Fiction Author of the Year

  • Rhonda McKnight
  • Tanisha Stewart
  • Victoria Christopher Murray
  • Vanessa Miller

Romance Novel of the Year

  • A Love Song for Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
  • A Justified Love Affair by Kimberly Brown
  • This Could Be Us by Kennedy Ryan
  • Tall, Dark…Westmoreland by Brenda Jackson
  • Milo (Berkeley Bred Book) by Grey Huffington

Male Author of the Year

  • S.A. Cosby
  • Kwame Alexander
  •  James McBride
  • Kwan Foye
  • Esau McCaulley

Female Author of the Year

  • C.N. Phillips
  • Talia Hibbert
  • B. Love
  • Mary Monroe
  •  Jayne Allen

Non-Fiction/Self-Help Book of the Year

  • I Did a New Thing: 30 Days to Living Free by Tabitha Brown
  • The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir by Rupaul
  • Up Home: One Girl’s Journey by Ruth J Simmons
  • How Far to the Promised Land: One Black Family’s Story of Hope and Survival in the American South by Esau McCaulley

eBook of the Year

  • Your Ex Ain’t Me by Shvonne Latrice
  • Taken By A Wealthy Man 3 by Taniece
  •  Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden  by Camille T Dungy
  •  One Blood by Denene Millner
  •  Faebound: A Novel by Saara El-Arifi

Publisher of the Year

  • Dafina
  • Harlequin 
  • Harper Collins
  • Penguin Random House

Indie Publisher of the Year

  • B. Love Publications
  • Three Fortnight 
  • Wahida Clark’s Innovative Publishing
  • Akashic Books
  • Algonquin Books

Vanguard of Urban Media

  • The Shaderoom
  • Black Girl Nerds
  • The Grio
  • Spiritual Word
  • Blavity

Children/YA Book of the Year

  • Kiki Finds Her Voice: Be True to You and Embrace Your God-Given Gifts by Kierra Sheard-Kelly
  • My Block Looks Like by Janelle Harper and Frank Morrison
  • Something, Someday by Amanda Gorman
  • Hair Love ABCs by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison
  • Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Literary Activists of the Year

  • Max Rodriguez
  • Mychal Threets
  • Marley Dias
  • SheBeReadinThemBooks

Breakout Author of the Year

  • A. Blossom
  • Avery Cunningham
  • Tariq Trotter
  • Phillip B. Williams
  • Kamilah Cole

Bookclub of the Year

  • Mocha Girls Read
  • The Friends & Fiction Official book club with Brenda and Lisa
  • Tanya Time Book Club
  • Free Black Woman’s Library
  • Well Read Black Girl

AudioBook of the Year

  • The House of Eve  By: Sadeqa Johnson
  • A Love Song for Ricki Wilde   By: Tia Williams
  • The World We Make: A Novel (The Great Cities, 2) by N. K. Jemisin 
  • Watch Where They Hide, A Jordan Manning Novel By: Tamron Hall
  • Soul Ties Soul Ties, Book 1 By: Miss Candice

Book Reviewer/Critic of the Year

zai rambles
The Brown Bookshelf
Sarah | Bookish and Black

Magazine of the Year

Ebony Magazine
Black Enterprise

Our Honorees Are…..

Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement

Jamaica Kincaid

Urban Classic Award

Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah

Toni Morrison Honoree Award

Stacy Abrams

Francis Ray Award

Kennedy Ryan

Eric Jerome Dickey Award

S.A. Cosby

I Am Creative Icon Award

Rodney Barnes

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