The Go On Girl! Book Club Annual Author Awards

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Go On Girls' mission is to encourage the literary pursuits of people of African descent. In this vein, since 1993, we have bestowed our coveted "Author of the Year" award and our "New Author of the Year" award on such talents as Octavia Butler, Gloria Naylor, Valerie Wilson Wesley and Connie Briscoe, just to name a few.

Each Author of Year receives a unique handmade plaque created by Master Potter and porcelain artist, Orah-El.

2013 Award Winners - To Be Presented at the 2014 Award Ceremony in Baltimore, MD

Author of the Year

Before I Forget

Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Before I Forget

Best New Author

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

Ayana Mathis
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie


2013 Vivian G. Harsh Life Achievement Award

Marita Golden

Marita Golden
 


2012 Award Winners - Presented at the 2013 Award Ceremony in Atlantic City, NJ

Author of the Year

The Book of Night Women

Marlon James
The Book of Night Women

Best New Author

Act of Grace

Karen Simpson
Act of Grace


2011 Award Winners - Presented at the 2012 Award Ceremony in Philadelphia, PA

Author of the Year

Perfect Peace

Daniel Black
Perfect Peace

Best New Author

The Warmth of Other Suns

Isabel Wilkerson
The Warmth of Other Suns


2011 Vivian G. Harsh Life Achievement Award

Charles L. Blockson

Charles L. Blockson
Selected for his life-long work in documenting and celebrating Black culture

2011 Life Achievement Award

Kenneth Gamble

Kenneth Gamble
Selected for his commitment to literacy and revitalizing Philadelphia's urban communities


2010 Award Winners - Presented at the 2011 Award Ceremony in Washington, DC

Best Female Author and Best New Author

Daughters of the Stone

Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
Daughter of the Stone

Best Male Author

Wife of the Gods

Kwei Quartey
Wife of the Gods


Literary Beacon

Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley

Lifetime Achievement Award

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe

Samuel R. Delany

Samuel R. Delany


2009 Award Winners - Presented at the 2010 Award Ceremony in Birmingham, AL

Author of the Year

Someone Knows My Name

Lawrence Hill
Someone Knows My Name

New Author of the Year

The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir

Jennifer Baszile
The Black Girl Next Door: A Memoir


2008 Award Winners - Presented at 2009 Award Ceremony in Houston, TX

Authors of the Year

Casanegra

Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes and Blair Underwood
Casenegra

New Author of the Year

Like Trees Walking

Ravi Howard
Like Trees Walking


Lifetime Achievement Award

J. California Cooper


2007 Award Winners - Presented at the 2008 Award Ceremony, Toronto, Canada

Author of the Year

The Other Brother

Brandon Massey
The Other Brother

New Author of the Year

Pursuit of Happyness

Chris Gardner
The Pursuit of Happyness


2006 Award Winners - Presented at the 2007 Award Ceremony in Cleveland, OH

Author of the Year

Babylon Sisters

Pearl Cleage
Babylon Sisters

New Author of the Year

Left to Tell

Immaculee Ilibagiza
Left to Tell


Lifetime Achievement Award

Toni Morrison

Unpublished Writer Award

Robin Wilson


2005 Award Winners - Presented at the 2006 Award Ceremony in Tempe, AZ

Author of the Year

Diane Mckinney-Whetstone
Leaving Cecil Street

New Author of the Year

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Purple Hibiscus


Lifetime Achievement Award

Ruby Dee, Activist/Actor/Writer
Ossie Davis, Activist/Actor/Writer
John Hope Franklin, Historian/Writer/Activist

Precious Gift Award

Terry McMillan, Best-Selling Author


2004 Award Winners - Presented at the 2005 Award Ceremony in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Author of the Year

Stephen L. Carter
The Emperor of Ocean Park

New Author of the Year

Bridgett M. Davis
Shifting Through Neutral


2003 Award Winners - Presented at the 2004 Award Ceremony, Charleston, SC

Author of the Year


Jewell Parker Rhodes Douglass' Women

New Author of the Year

Sheila Williams
Dancing on the Edge of the Roof


Special Recognition for Outstanding Service

Tracy Mitchell-Brown
Co-Founder, Go On Girl!


2002 Award Winners - Presented at the 2003 Award Ceremony in Brooklyn, NY

Author of the Year

Persia Walker
Harlem Redux

New Author of the Year

Antwone Fisher Finding Fish


Lifetime Achievement

Maya Angelou


2001 Award Winners - Presented at the 2002 Award Ceremony in Indianapolis, IN

Author of the Year

Elizabeth Nunez
Bruised Hibiscus

New Authors of the Year

Lalita Tademy
Cane River
Michele Andrea Bowen Church Folk


Past Award Winners

2000 - Presented at the 2001 Award Ceremony in Richmond, VA

  • Author of the Year: Sister Souljah, The Coldest Winter Ever
  • New Author of the Year: Bernice McFadden, Sugar
  • Lifetime Achievement: Paule Marshall

1999 - Prsesented at the 2000 Award Ceremony in Chicago, IL

  • Author of the Year: Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat By the Door
  • New Author of the Year: Pearl Cleage, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
  • Lifetime Achievement: Gwendolyn Brooks, Poet Laureate of Illinois

1998 - Presented at the 1999 Award Ceremony in Seattle, WA

  • Author of the Year: Tananarive Due, My Soul to Keep
  • New Author of the Year: Akousua Busia, The Seasons of Beento Blackbird

1997 - Presented at the 1998 Award Ceremony in Largo, MD

  • Author of the Year: Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Tumbling
  • New Author of the Year: Virginia DeBerry & Donna Grant, Tryin' to Sleep in the Bed You Made
  • Lifetime Achievement: Dorothy West Distinguished Writer/Poet

1996 - Presented at the 1997 Award Ceremony in Newark, NJ

  • Author of the Year: Valerie Wilson Wesley, Where Evil Sleeps
  • New Author of the Year: Benilde Little, Good Hair

1995 - Presented at the 1996 Award Ceremony in St. Louis, MO

  • Author of the Year: Brenda Lane Richardson, Chesapeake Song
  • New Author of the Year: Connie Briscoe, Sisters & Lovers

1994 - Presented at the 1995 Award Ceremony in Philadelphia, PA

  • Author of the Year: Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
  • New Authors of the Year: April Sinclair, Coffee will Make You Black and Nathan McCall, Makes You Wanna Holler

1993 - Presented at the 1994 Award Ceremony in Washington, DC

  • Author of the Year: Bebe Moore Campbell, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine
  • New Author of the Year: Jill Nelson, Volunteer Slavery

1992 - Presented at the 1993 Award Ceremony in Brooklyn, NY

  • Author of the Year: Gloria Naylor, Bailey's Café
  • New Authors of the Year: Barbara Neely, Blanche on the Lam and Barbara Summers, Nouvelle Soul
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