Please by Jericho Brown has been selected as a winner of the thirtieth annual American Book Awards for 2009.
The authors will be presented with the awards at a ceremony and reception on Sunday, October 11th at the Nuyorican Poets Café, 236 East 3rd St., New York, NY. Authors attending will read selections from their works and a reception will follow the ceremony. This event is open to the public. For more information, call (510) 642-7321.
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 "multicultural" to be not a description of various categories, groups, or "special interests," but rather as the definition of all of American literature. The Awards are not bestowed by an industry organization, but rather are a writers' award given by other writers.
Please, released in 2008, recently sold through its second printing. A third printing is underway and books will be available again in early October.