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Congratulations to African Voices!

Washington, DC

Left to right: Virginia Stanley, the director of HarperCollins Library Marketing division;  Anthony Loum, winner of the 2010 Zora Neale Hurston Award, and Carolyn A. Butts, African Voices publisher at the American Library Association?s annual conference. Photo by Liz Markel

This past weekend thousands of librarians, authors, publishers, and book lovers descended on Washington, DC, for the American Library Association?s (ALA) annual conference. For a 2008 Big Read grantee, African Voices Communications, the conference culminated with an extra special event as Anthony Loum, a representative from one of its Big Read partners, the Brooklyn Public Library, received the Zora Neale Hurston Award in recognition of his contributions to African Voices? Big Read of Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Back in 2008, this Big Read program reached more than 20,000 people in New York and, in addition to the Brooklyn Public Library, involved seven partnering organizations and institutions including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Medgar Evers College?s Center for Black Literature, CommunityWorks, and the Griot Reading Series.

The Zora Neale Hurston Award recognizes a RUSA (Reference & User Services Association) member?s significant efforts to promote African-American writers and African-American literature in their libraries. Sponsored by HarperCollins, the award enables the winner to further their professional development so that they can continue to build multicultural collections and serve diverse populations.

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