Awards & Winners

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards are American literary awards dedicated to honoring written works that make important contributions to the understanding of racism and the appreciation of the rich diversity of human culture. Established in 1935 by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf and originally administered by the Saturday Review, the awards have been administered by the Cleveland Foundation since 1963. Three or four book awards, and sometimes a lifetime achievement award, are given out each year. Notable past winners include Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., Maxine Hong Kingston, Wole Soyinka, Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Edward Said, and Derek Walcott.
Date Established : 1935

Check all the winners of Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards presented under Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards since 1936 .

Oprah Winfrey

(Lifetime Achievement)

Elizabeth Alexander

(Lifetime Achievement in Poetry)

Kamila Shamsie

Honored for : Burnt Shadows

William Julius Wilson

(Lifetime Achievement in Nonfiction)

Louise Erdrich

Honored for : The Plague of Doves

Annette Gordon-Reed

Honored for : The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Nam Le

Honored for : The Boat

Paule Marshall

(Lifetime Achevement Award)

Mohsin Hamid

Honored for : The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Junot Díaz

Honored for : The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Honored for : Infidel
(Due to security concerns because of the death threats against her, the award was not listed beforehand, but was a surprise announcement at the ceremony)

William Melvin Kelley

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Honored for : Half of a Yellow Sun

Taylor Branch

Honored for : At Canaan's Edge

Martha Collins

Honored for : Blue Front

Scott Reynolds Nelson

Honored for : Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry

Zadie Smith

Honored for : On Beauty

Jill Lepore

Honored for : New York Burning

William Demby

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

August Wilson

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Geoffrey Ward

Honored for : Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

A. Van Jordan

Honored for : M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A

Edwidge Danticat

Honored for : The Dew Breaker

Derek Walcott

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Honored for : Random Family

Edward P. Jones

Honored for : The Known World

Ira Berlin

Honored for : Generations of captivity

Reetika Vazirani

Honored for : World Hotel

Samantha Power

Honored for : A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide

Adrienne Kennedy

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Stephen L. Carter

Honored for : The Emperor of Ocean Park

Jay Wright

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Colson Whitehead

Honored for : John Henry Days

Vernon Jordan Jr., Annette Gordon-Reed

Honored for : Vernon Can Read! : A Memoir

Quincy Jones

Honored for : Q: The Autobiography of Quincy Jones

F.X. Toole

Honored for : Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner

David Levering Lewis

Honored for : W. E. B. Du Bois, 1919-1963: The Fight for Equality and the American Century

Lucille Clifton

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Edward Said

Honored for : Out of Place: A Memoir

Chang-Rae Lee

Honored for : A Gesture Life: A Novel

Ernest J. Gaines

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

John Lewis, Mike D'Orso

Honored for : Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement

John Hope Franklin

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Russell Banks

Honored for : Cloudsplitter: A Novel

Gordon Parks

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Walter Mosley

Honored for : Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned

Toi Derricotte

Honored for : The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey

Albert Murray

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

James McBride

Honored for : The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother
(10th Anniversary Edition)

Jamaica Kincaid

Honored for : The Autobiography of my Mother

Dorothy West

(Lifetime Achievement Award)

Madison Smartt Bell

Honored for : All Souls' Rising

Jonathan Kozol

Honored for : Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

William H. Tucker

Honored for : The Science and Politics of Racial Research

Brent Staples

Honored for : Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White

Reginald Gibbons

Honored for : Sweetbitter

David Levering Lewis

Honored for : W.E.B. Dubois: A Reader

Judith Ortiz Cofer

Honored for : The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry

Marija Gimbutas

Honored for : The Civilization of the Goddess: The World of Old Europe

Sandra Cisneros

Honored for : Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Kwame Anthony Appiah

Honored for : In my Father's house : Africa in the philosophy of culture

Marilyn Nelson

Honored for : The Homeplace

Elaine Mensh, Harry Mensh

Honored for : The IQ Mythology: Class, Race, Gender, and Inequality

Peter Hayes

Honored for : Lessons and Legacies: The Meaning of the Holocaust in a Changing World Vol. I

Melissa Fay Greene

Honored for : Praying For Sheetrock

Ralph Ellison

Honored for : Invisible Man
( Special Achievement Award)

Carol Beckwith, Graham Hancock, Angela Fisher

Honored for : African Ark: People and Ancient Cultures of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa

Forrest G. Wood

Honored for : The Arrogance Of Faith: Christianity and Race in America

Walter A. Jackson

Honored for : Gunnar Myrdal and America's Conscience: Social Engineering and Racial Liberalism, 1938-1987

Dolores Kendrick

Honored for : The Women of Plums: Poems in the Voices of Slave Women

Hugh Honour

Honored for : The Image of the Black in Western Art

Taylor Branch

Honored for : Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963

Peter Sutton

Honored for : Dreamings: The Art of Aboriginal Australia

George Lipsitz

Honored for : A Life In The Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Honored for : Collected Black Women's Narratives

Toni Morrison

Honored for : Beloved

Nadine Gordimer

Honored for : A Sport of Nature

Abigail Thernstrom

Honored for : Whose Votes Count?: Affirmative Action and Minority Voting Rights

Walter F. Morris Jr.

Honored for : Living Maya

Gail Sheehy

Honored for : Spirit of Survival

Arnold Rampersad

Honored for : The Life of Langston Hughes

Donald Downs

Honored for : Nazis in Skokie: Freedom, Community and the First Amendment

Barton Wright

Honored for : Kachinas: A Hopi Artist's Documentary

James North

Honored for : Freedom Rising

David Wyman

Honored for : The Abandonment of The Jews

Breyten Breytenbach

Honored for : Mouroir

Humbert Nelli

Honored for : From immigrants to ethnics

Jose Alcina Franch

Honored for : Pre-Columbian Art

Richard Rodriguez

Honored for : Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

Wole Soyinka

Honored for : Ake

Peter John Powell

Honored for : People of the Sacred Mountain: A History of the Northern Cheyenne Chiefs and Warrior Societies, 1830-1879

Geoffrey G. Field

Honored for : Evangelist of Race: The Germanic Vision of Houston Stewart Chamberlain

Jamake Highwater

Honored for : Song from the Earth: American Indian Painting

Richard Borshay Lee

Honored for : The !Kung San

Urie Bronfenbrenner

Honored for : The ecology of human development

Tepilit Ole Saitoti

Honored for : Maasai

Phillip V. Tobias

Honored for : The Bushmen: San hunters and herders of Southern Africa

Maxine Hong Kingston

Honored for : The Woman Warrior

Allan Chase

Honored for : Legacy of Malthus

Richard Kluger

Honored for : Simple justice

Jamaica Kincaid

Honored for : The Autobiography of my Mother

Michi Weglyn

Honored for : Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America's Concentration Camps

Thomas Kiernan

Honored for : Arabs

Lucy Dawidowicz

Honored for : The War Against the Jews

Raphael Patai

Honored for : The myth of the Jewish race

Eugene Genovese

Honored for : Roll, Jordan, Roll

Leon Poliakov

Honored for : Aryan myth

Louis Leo Snyder

Honored for : The Dreyfus case

Michel Faber

Honored for : The unfinished quest of Richard Wright

Albie Sachs

Honored for : Justice in South Africa

Charles Duguid

Honored for : Doctor and the aborigines

Pat Conroy

Honored for : The Water Is Wide

Lee Rainwater

Honored for : Behind Ghetto Walls

Betty Fladeland

Honored for : Men and brothers

George M. Fredrickson

Honored for : The Black image in the white mind

Donald L. Robinson

Honored for : Slavery in the structure of American politics, 1765-1820

John Haller

Honored for : Outcasts from evolution

David Loye

Honored for : The healing of a nation

Naboth Mokgatle

Honored for : The Autobiography of an unknown South African

Stan Steiner

Honored for : La raza

Robert July

Honored for : A history of the African people

Anthony F. C. Wallace

Honored for : The death and rebirth of the Seneca

Carleton Mabee

Honored for : Black Freedom: The Nonviolent Abolitionists from 1830 through the Civil War

Vine Deloria, Jr.

Honored for : Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto

Dan T. Carter

Honored for : Scottsboro

Florestan Fernandes

Honored for : The Negro in Brazilian Society

Audrie Girdner

Honored for : The Great Betrayal: The Evacuation of the Japanese-Americans during World War II

Leonard Dinnerstein

Honored for : The Leo Frank Case

Stuart Levine, Nancy Lurie

Honored for : The American Indian today

Gwendolyn Brooks

Honored for : In the Mecca; Poems

E. Earl Baughman, W. Grant Dahlstrom

Honored for : Negro and White Children: A Psychological Study in the Rural South

Robert Coles

Honored for : Children of Crisis

Raul Hilberg

Honored for : The Destruction of the European Jews

Norman Cohn

Honored for : Genocide: The Myth of the Jewish World Conspiracy and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion

David Brion Davis

Honored for : The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture

Oscar Lewis

Honored for : La Vida

Claude Brown

Honored for : Manchild in the Promised Land

Alex Haley

Honored for : The Autobiography of Malcolm X

H. Baldry

Honored for : The unity of mankind in Greek thought

Amram Scheinfeld

Honored for : Your Heredity and Environment

James M. McPherson

Honored for : The struggle for equality

Abram L. Sachar

Honored for : A History of the Jews

Milton Gordon

Honored for : Assimilation in American Life: The role of race, religion and national origins

James Silver

Honored for : Mississippi: The Closed Society

Harold Isaacs

Honored for : New world of Negro Americans

Nathan Glazer, Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Honored for : Beyond the melting pot

Bernard E. Olson

Honored for : Faith and Prejudice

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Honored for : Mankind evolving

John Howard Griffin

Honored for : Black Like Me

Dwight L. Dumond

Honored for : Antislavery: The Crusade for Freedom in America

Gina Allen

Honored for : The Forbidden Man

E. R. Braithwaite

Honored for : To Sir, with Love

Louis Lomax

Honored for : The Reluctant African

Basil Davidson

Honored for : Lost cities of Africa

John Haynes Holmes

Honored for : I speak for myself

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Honored for : Stride toward freedom; the Montgomery story

George Simpson, John Milton Yinger

Honored for : Racial and cultural minorities

South African Institute of Race Relations

Honored for : Handbook on Race Relations

Jessie B. Sams

Honored for : White Mother

Gilberto Freyre

Honored for : Masters and the slaves

Trevor Huddleston

Honored for : Naught for your comfort

George W Shepherd

Honored for : They wait in darkness

John P. Dean, Alex Rosen

Honored for : Manual of Intergroup Relations

Lyle Saunders

Honored for : Cultural Differences and Medical Care

Oden Meeker

Honored for : Report on Africa

Vernon Bartlett

Honored for : Struggle for Africa

Langston Hughes

Honored for : Simple takes a wife

Han Suyin

Honored for : A Many-Splendoured Thing

Farley Mowat

Honored for : People of the Deer

Laurens van der Post

Honored for : Venture to the Interior

Brewton Berry

Honored for : Race relations

Henry Gibbs

Honored for : Twilight in South Africa

Shirley Graham Du Bois

Honored for : Your Most Humble Servant

S. Andhil Fineberg

Honored for : Punishment without Crime

J.C. Furnas

Honored for : Anatomy of Paradise

Alan Paton

Honored for : Cry, the Beloved Country

Kenneth R Philp

Honored for : John Collier's crusade for Indian reform, 1920-1954

Worth Tuttle Hedden

Honored for : The other room

Sholem Asch

Honored for : Prophet

Pauline R. Kibbe

Honored for : Latin Americans in Texas

St. Clair Drake

Honored for : Black metropolis

Wallace Stegner

Honored for : One nation

Gwethalyn Graham

Honored for : Earth and High Heaven

Kenneth Clark

Honored for : Dark ghetto: dilemmas of social power

Ronald Takaki

Honored for : A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

Maurice Samuel

Honored for : The World of Sholom Aleichem

Roi Ottley

Honored for : New World A-Coming

Zora Neale Hurston

Honored for : Dust tracks on a road

Leopold Infeld

Honored for : Quest

James Leyburn

Honored for : Haïtian people

Louis Adamic

Honored for : From many lands

E. Franklin Frazier

Honored for : Negro family in the United States

Julian Huxley

Honored for : We Europeans

Harold Foote Gosnell

Honored for : Negro politicians