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Wall Street is in for another invasion — no, not just more protestors armed with demands, but avid readers and celebrity-seekers armed with books! The 2011 National Book Awards, the last big book awards event of the year, is taking place on November 16 in New York at the famous Cipriani Club 55 restaurant on Wall Street.

This year, a number of African-American writers have been nominated for awards including the late Dr. Manning Marable, Nikky Finney, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jesmyn Ward and Carl Phillips (their books are linked below).

Congratulations and best wishes are in order for all especially given that the National Book Awards is one of the most prestigious literary ceremonies in the industry that, in the past, have given awards to the likes of  William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, John Updike, Toni Morrison, Norman Mailer, Alice Walker and Charles Johnson… should be an incredible evening.

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In other industry news, The Book Look, the online video segment tackling the latest in books and book news relevant to our community, has released its much-anticipated third episode – a fright night special just in time for Halloween featuring a review of Tananrive Due’s My Soul to Take and with a special appearance by Hill Harper:

Fittingly, I’ll leave you this week with Five Books by our community’s 2011 National Book Awards nominees…

Keep those pages turning,


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Five Books by Black 2011 National Book Award Nominees

1)   Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Manning Marable

2) The Chameleon Couch Yusef Komunyakaa

3)   Double Shadow: Poems Carl Phillips

4)   Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward

5)   Head Off & Split Nikky Finney

Charisse Carney-Nunes is the award-winning author of the children’s books, I Am Barack Obama, I Dream For You A World, and Nappy. She is the founder of new media publishing company, Brand Nu Words and a senior vice president of the Jamestown Project, a think tank focusing on democracy.

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