Sunday, December 28th
4 pm â€“ 6:30 pm
Annaâ€™s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA (USA)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Author of Mojo Hand: An Orphic Tale
Oakland, CA â€” The Before Columbus Foundation announces the Winners of the Twenty-Eighth Annual AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS. The 2008 American Book Award winners will be formally recognized on Sunday, December 28th at Annaâ€™s Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way in Berkeley, CA. The awards will take place from 4 p.m. â€“ 6:30 p.m.
Authors attending will read selections from their works and sign copies of their award-winning books. A reception and book signing will take place following the ceremony. This event is free to the public. For more information, call 510 .681.5652.
California Poet Laureate (2005-2008) Al Young will host the event. Al Young was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger, who has said of Mr. Young:Â â€śAl Young is a poet, an educator and a man with a passion for the arts. His remarkable talent and sense of mission to bring poetry into the lives of Californians is an inspiration.”
The American Book Awards were created to provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The purpose of the awards is to recognize literary excellence without limitations or restrictions. There are no categories, no nominees, and therefore no losers. The award winners range from well-known and established writers to under-recognized authors and first works. There are no quotas for diversity, the winners list simply reflects it as a natural process. The Before Columbus Foundation views American culture as inclusive and has always considered the term â€śmulticulturalâ€ť to be not a description of various categories, groups, or â€śspecial interests,â€ť but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writersâ€™ award given by other writers.
— Javier Huerta