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This award carries the distinction of representing our memberships’ highest honor as the book that stands out as a favorite read for that year. This award is voted on every January after the members have finished reading the last book for December. A ballot is sent out in December and members have until January 15th to get their votes in. The book with the majority of votes will become make the writer our Author of the Year.
This award is presented at our Annual Author Awards weekend held either every May or June.

Year1995
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented1996 - St. Louis, MO
Daniel   Black

Year2011
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2012 - Philadelphia, PA
Octavia   Butler

Year1994
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented1995 - Philadelphia, PA
Year1993
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented1994 - Washington, DC
Stephen Carter

Year2004
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2005 - Jamaica, WI
Tananarive   Due

Year1998
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented1999 - Seattle, WA
Tananarive Due

Year2008
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2009 - Houston, TX
Roxane Gay

Year2015
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2016 - New Orleans, LA
Sam  Greenlee

Year1999
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2000 - Chicago, IL
Lawrence  Hill

Year2009
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2010 - Birmingham, AL
Marlon  James

Year2012
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2013 - Atlantic City, NJ
Dorothy  Koomson

Year2014
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2015 - Seattle, WA
Brandon  Massey

Year2007
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2008 - Toronto, CANADA
Bernice L. McFadden

Year2018
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2019 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Year2005
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2006 - Tempe, AZ
Diane McKinney-Whetstone

Year1997
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented1998 - Largo, MD
Victoria Christopher Murray

Award2017 Author of the Year
Gloria Naylor

Year1992
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented1993 - Brooklyn, NY
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Year2017
Award2016 Author of the Year
Award PresentedChicago, Illinois
Elizabeth  Nunez

Year2001
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2002 - Indianapolis, IN
Leonard  Pitts

Year2013
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2014 - Baltimore, MD
Jewell   Rhodes

Year2003
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2004 - Charleston, SC
Sister  Souljah

Year2000
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2001 - Richmond, VA
Persia  Walker

Year2002
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented2003 - Brooklyn, NY
Valerie Wilson Wesley

Year1996
AwardAuthor of the Year
Award Presented1997 - Newark, NJ