Literary Nominees Just Announced For Prestigious NAACP Awards

The NAACP Image Awards just announced their nominees. Read on to find out the 2023 books nominated for the 9 literary categories.

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On January 25th, the nominees for the 55th NAACP Image Awards were announced. With these awards, the NAACP, which stands for National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, honors the success of people of color in film, television, podcasts, and books for the year. Currently, there are nine categories in the NAACP Image Awards that recognize excellence in literature. These awards recognize some of the best books of 2023. Here are the nominees in the literary categories.

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction 

Book covers of Everything Is Not Enough,  Family Lore, House of Eve, Let Us Descend, and The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store. Gold and black background.
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Everything Is Not Enough – Lola Akinmade Åkerström (William Morrow)

Family Lore – Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperCollins Publisher)

House of Eve – Sadeqa Johnson (Simon & Schuster)

Let Us Descend – Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store – James McBride (Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

Book covers of Black AF History: The Un–Whitewashed Story of America, BLK ART: The Audacious Legacy of Black Artists and Models in Western Art, Iconic Home: Interiors, Advice, and Stories from 50 Amazing Black Designers, The Art of Ruth E. Carter, and The New Brownies' Book: A Love Letter to Black Families. Gold and black background.
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Black AF History: The Un–Whitewashed Story of America – Michael Harriot (HarperCollins Publisher)

BLK ART: The Audacious Legacy of Black Artists and Models in Western Art – Zaria Ware (HarperCollins Publisher)

Iconic Home: Interiors, Advice, and Stories from 50 Amazing Black Designers  – Black Interior Designers and June Reese (Abrams Books)

The Art of Ruth E. Carter – Ruth E. Carter Foreword by Dani Gurira (Chronicle Books)

The New Brownies’ Book: A Love Letter to Black Families – Karida L. Brown, Charly Palmer (Chronicle Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

Book covers of And Then He Sang a Lullaby, Coleman Hill: A Novel, Rootless, The Black Joy Project, and The God of Good Looks. Gold and black background.
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And Then He Sang a Lullaby – Ani Kayode Somtochukwu (Grove Atlantic)

Coleman Hill: A Novel – Kim Coleman Foote (Zando / SJP Lit)

Rootless – Krystle Zara Appiah (Ballantine Books)

The Black Joy Project – Kleaver Cruz (Mariner Books)

The God of Good Looks – Breanne McIvor (William Morrow)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

Book covers of Love and Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts, Lucky Me: A Memoir of Changing the Odds, Nothing Is Missing, Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement, and Straight Shooter:  A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes. Gold and black background.
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Love and Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts – Maya Moore Irons (Andscape Books)

Lucky Me: A Memoir of Changing the Odds – Rich Paul (Penguin Random House)

Nothing Is Missing – Nicole Walters (Simon & Schuster)

Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement – Dr. Tanisha C. Ford (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins)

Straight Shooter:  A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes – Stephen A. Smith (Gallery Books/13A)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

Book covers of Badass Vegan: Fuel Your Body, Ph*ck the System, and Live Your Life Right, Everyday Grand: Soulful Recipes for Celebrating Life's Big and Small Moments, Flower Love: Lush Floral Arrangements for the Heart and Home, Historically Black Phrases: From I Ain't One of Your Lil' Friends to Who All Gon Be There?, and Livable Luxe. Gold and black background.
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Badass Vegan: Fuel Your Body, Ph*ck the System, and Live Your Life Right – John Lewis (Avery)

Everyday Grand: Soulful Recipes for Celebrating Life’s Big and Small Moments – Jocelyn Delk Adams, Olga Massov (Clarkson Potter)

Flower Love: Lush Floral Arrangements for the Heart and Home – Kristen Griffith–VanderYacht (Clarkson Potter)

Historically Black Phrases: From I Ain’t One of Your Lil’ Friends to Who All Gon Be There? – Jarett Hill, Tre’vell Anderson (Ten Speed Press)

Livable Luxe – Brigette Romanek (Chronicle Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

Book covers of Above Ground, So to Speak, suddenly we, The Ferguson Report: An Erasure, and Why Fathers Cry at Night. Gold and black background.
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Above Ground – Clint Smith (Little, Brown)

So to Speak  – Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books)

suddenly we – Evie Shockley (Wesleyan University Press)

The Ferguson Report: An Erasure – Nicole Sealey (Alfred A. Knopf)

Why Fathers Cry at Night – Kwame Alexander (Little, Brown)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

Book covers of CROWNED: Magical Folk and Fairy Tales from the Diaspora, How Do You Spell Unfair: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee, I Absolutely, Positively Love My Spots, Is This Love, and Like Lava In My Veins. Gold and black background.
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CROWNED: Magical Folk and Fairy Tales from the Diaspora – Kahran Bethencourt (St. Martin’s Press)

How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee – Carole Boston Weathorford, Frank Morrison (Candlewick Press)

I Absolutely, Positively Love My Spots – Lid’ya C. Rivera, Nina Mata (HarperCollins)

Is This Love? – Cedella Marley, Alea Marley (Chronicle Books)

Like Lava In My Veins – Derrick Barnes, Shawn Martinbrough (Penguin Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

Book covers of Adia Kelbara nd the Circle of Shamans, Eb & Flow, Everyone's Thinking It, Fatima Tate Takes the Cake, and Friday I'm in Love. Gold and black background.
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Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans – Isi Hendrix (HarperCollins – Imprint: Balzer + Bray)

Eb & Flow – Kelly J. Baptist (Crown Books for Young Readers)

Everyone’s Thinking It – Aleema Omotoni (HarperCollins – Imprint: Balzer + Bray)

Fatima Tate Takes the Cake – Khadijah VanBrakle (Holiday House)

Friday I’m in Love – Camryn Garrett (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Outstanding Graphic Novel

Book covers of Curlfriends: New in Town, Ms Davis: A Graphic Biography, Queenie: Godmother of Harlem Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America, and The Talk. Gold and black background.
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Curlfriends: New in Town – Sharee Miller (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Ms Davis: A Graphic Biography – Sybille Titeux de la Croix, Amazing Améziane (Fantagraphics)

Queenie: Godmother of Harlem – Aurelie Levy, Elizabeth Colomba (Abrams Books)

Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America – Dr. Ibram X Kendi, Joel Christian Gill (Ten Speed Graphic)

The Talk – Darrin Bell (Henry Holt & Company)

There is a wide variety of books being recognized this year. That is the beauty of having so many categories. These books all had something exciting to offer readers, and it is an honor to be nominated. Tune in to BET or CBS on March 16th to find out which books will be taking home the awards.


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