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.

2015 Award Winners - To Be Presented at the 2016 Award Ceremony in New Orleans, LA

Author of the Year

An Untamed State

Roxane Gay
An Untamed State

Best New Author

Forty Acres

Dwayne Alexander Smith
Forty Acres


Literary Legend for 2016

Ernest J. Gaines

Ernest J. Gaines
 


2014 Award Winners - Presented at the 2015 Award Ceremony in Seattle, WA

Author of the Year

The Rose Petal Beach

Dorothy Koomson
The Rose Petal Beach

Best New Author

The Supremes At Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

Edward Kelsey Moore
The Supremes At Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat


2013 Award Winners - 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


Past Award Winners

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

  • Authors of the Year: Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes and Blair Underwood Casenegra
  • New Author of the Year: Ravi Howard Like Trees Walking
  • Lifetime Achievement: J. California Cooper

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

  • Author of the Year: Brandon Massey The Other Brother
  • New Author of the Year: Chris Gardner The Pursuit of Happyness

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

  • Author of the Year: Pearl Cleage Babylon Sisters
  • New Author of the Year: Immaculee Ilibagiza Left to Tell
  • Lifetime Achievement: Toni Morrison
  • Unpublished Writer Award: Robin Wilson

2005 - 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: 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 - 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 - Presented at the 2004 Award Ceremony in 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 - 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 - 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

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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