A statement from the Oakland-based organization notes that the 39-year-old awards recognize “outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.” This year’s group of 20 recipients features several authors of color whose works explore the roles racial identity, discrimination and oppression play in American society.
Here are a few of this year’s honorees:
- “The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir” by Thi Bui
- “Heaven is All Goodbyes” by Tongo Eisen-Martin
“City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771–1965” by Kelly Lytle-Hernandez
Read the full list on the foundation’s website.