On Monday, award sponsor the Cleveland Foundation announced the winners of the 78th Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. The recipients are the following:
* Laird Hunt, Kind One, Fiction
* Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, Fiction
* Eugene Gloria, My Favorite Warlord, Poetry
* Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree, Nonfiction
* Wole Soyinka, Lifetime Achievement
Past winners include five writers who went on to win Nobel Prizes: Nadine Gordimer, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Toni Morrison, Derek Walcott and Nigerian author Wole Soyinka, who won the Nobel Prize in literature three years after winning the Anisfield-Wolf Award for his memoir, Ake: The Years of Childhood.
“The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf winners are exemplars who broaden our vision of race and diversity,” said The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr., who chairs the jury. “This year, there is exceptional writing about the war in Iraq, slavery on a Kentucky pig farm, the Filipino experience in the U.S. and the complexity of families in which a child is radically different from parents.”
Learn more at Anisfield-Wolf.