". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The American Slave Coast Appears To Have Won Something

      A couple of evenings ago,  this appeared from Publisher's Publicist:

Ned and Constance Sublette’s  The American Slave Coast ( 9781613748206, October 2015) was named one of the winners of the 2016 American Book Awards.

The American Book Awards are handed out by the Before Columbus Foundation. The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit educational and service organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of contemporary American multicultural literature. The goals of BCF are to provide recognition and a wider audience for the wealth of cultural and ethnic diversity that constitutes American writing.

The American Book Awards winners selected by a panel of writers, editors, and publishers who also represent the diversity of American literary culture.

For more information about the awards and the Before Columbus Foundation, click here.

The 2016 American Book Award Winners are:

Laura Da'
Tributaries (University of Arizona)

Susan Muaddi Darraj
Curious Land: Stories from Home (University of Massachusetts)

Deepa Iyer
We Too Sing America:
South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press)

Mat Johnson
Loving Day (Spiegel & Grau)

John Keene
Counternarratives (New Directions)

William J. Maxwell
F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature
(Princeton University)

Lauret Savoy
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape (Counterpoint)

Ned Sublette and Constance Sublette
The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry (Lawrence Hill Books)

Jesús Salvador Treviño
Return to Arroyo Grande (Arte Público)

Nick Turse
Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa (Haymarket Books)

Ray Young Bear
Manifestation Wolverine: The Collected Poetry of Ray Young Bear (Open Road Integrated Media)

Lifetime Achievement:
Louise Meriwether

Walter & Lillian Lowenfels Criticism Award:
Lyra Monteiro and Nancy Isenberg

Andrew Hope Award:
Chiitaanibah Johnson

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