Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology: Selections from the American Book Awards, 1980-1990

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This anthology includes 30 selections from a decade of award-winning fiction.
Since 1976 the Before Columbus Foundation has been devoted to the task of redefining our notion of "mainstream" American literature to reflect this country's multicultural, multi-ethnic richness and diversity. Since 1980 it has sponsored the American Book Awards.

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Overview

This anthology includes 30 selections from a decade of award-winning fiction.
Since 1976 the Before Columbus Foundation has been devoted to the task of redefining our notion of "mainstream" American literature to reflect this country's multicultural, multi-ethnic richness and diversity. Since 1980 it has sponsored the American Book Awards.

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For more than a decade, the Before Columbus Foundation has been giving annual book awards using a single criterion: no matter who wrote the book, it qualified as long as the judges considered it ``an outstanding contribution to literature.'' The result has been an eclectic yet consistently meritorious selection, as this anthology of selections from prizewinners suggests. What a way to observe the Columbus quincentenary--not with one more cloned commemoration of ``minority'' literature or rear-guard defense of the European-American tradition, but with a collection whose authors (Toni Morrison, Frank Chin, Jessica Hagedorn, Salvatore La Puma, Leslie Silko, Milton Murayama, and more than 20 others) represent the true American mosaic. Included is a full list of American Book Award winners and their publications that will encourage readers to explore even further. See also The Before Columbus Foundation Poetry Anthology: Selections from the American Book Awards, 1980-1990 , reviewed in this issue, p. 132.--Ed.-- David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393308327
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/17/1991
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 676
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ishmael Reed is the author of over twenty-five books—including Mumbo Jumbo, The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Juice!. He is also a publisher, television producer, songwriter, radio and television commentator, lecturer, and has long been devoted to exploring an alternative black aesthetic: the trickster tradition, or “Neo-Hoodooism” as he calls it. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley for over thirty years, retiring in 2005. In 2003, he received the coveted Otto Award for political theater.

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