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Here are the 2017 nominees for the 13th Annual African American Literary Awards Show

1. Fiction
LaChelle Weaver - Sister Surrogate
ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray - It Should've Been Me
Kimberla Lawson Roby - Sin of a Woman (A Curtis Black Novel)
Donna Hill - A House Divided
Sadeqa Johnson - And Then There Was Me: A Novel of Friendship, Secrets and Lies
2. Biography/Memoir
Taraji P. Henson - Around the Way Girl: A Memoir
Gabourey Sidibe - This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare
Roxane Gay - Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Valerie Graves - Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to BeValerie Graves - Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be
Susan Burton - Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
3. Non Fiction
Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin - Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
April Ryan - At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White
Michael Eric Dyson - Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Marc Lamont Hill - Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
Lolita Files - Once Upon a Time in Compton: From gangsta rap to gang wars...The murders of Tupac & Biggie....This is the story of two men at the center of it all
4. Christian Fiction
Tiffany L. Warren - Her Secret Life
Jacqueline Thomas - Jezebel's Revenge (Volume 3)
CaSandra McLaughlin & Michelle Stimpson - Deacon Brown's Daughters
Victoria Christopher Murray - Lust: A Seven Deadly Sins Novel (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Michelle Lindo-Rice - The Resolution (A Pulled from the Headlines Read)
5. Urban Fiction
Zach Tate - The Legend of Johnny Hustle: The King of Times Square (Part 2)
K’WAN - Diamonds and Pearl (A Diamonds Novel)
J.M. Benjamin – Memoirs of an Accidental Hustler
JaQuavis Coleman - The Streets Have No King
6. Romance
Brenda Jackson - Guilty Pleasure: A Steele Family and Friends Novel
H.M. Trey - The Knife that Kills the Heart (Peace In The Storm Publishing Presents)
Rochelle Alers - Home to Wickham Falls (Wickham Falls Weddings)
Beverly Jenkins - Chasing Down a Dream: A Blessings Novel
Shelly Ellis - Lust & Loyalty (A Chesterton Scandal Novel)
7. Short Stories/Anthologies
Regina R. Robertson - He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers
Dr. Veronie Lawrence - H.O.P.E.: Hearing Other People's Experiences
Jesmyn Ward - The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race
Lesley Nneka Arimah - What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories
Marcus Johnson - For the Love Of
8. Break-out Author of the Year
Charlamagne Tha God - Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It
Regina R. Robertson - He Never Came Home: Interviews, Stories, and Essays from Daughters on Life Without Their Fathers
Angie Thomas - The Hate U Give
Kevin Hart - I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons
Dr. Veronie Lawrence - H.O.P.E.: Hearing Other People's Experiences
9. Author of the year Male –
Colson Whitehead -The Underground Railroad
Eric Jerome Dickey - Finding Gideon
Michael Eric Dyson - Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
Marc Lamont Hill - Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond
Christopher J. Lebron - The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea
10. Author of the Year Female
Stephanie Powell Watts - No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel
Denene Millner - My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children
Marita Golden - The Wide Circumference of Love
ReShonda Tate Billingsley & Victoria Christopher Murray - It Should've Been Me
Donna Hill - A House Divided
11. Independent Publisher of the Year
The Peace In The Storm Publishing
Delphine Publications
A King Production
Wahida Clark Presents Publishing
The Cartel Publications
12. Self-Published Author of the Year
Torri Stuckey - His Dough, Her Cookie: The Black Woman's Guide To Love And Marriage In The Age Of Independence
Lola StVil - Noru 7 : Rage of Angels (The Noru)
Wahida Clarke - Sincerely, the Boss!
Tamika Newhouse & Justin "Q" Young - The Words I Didn't Say 2
Tamicka Higgins - Queen of the City
13. Self Help
Sheri Riley - Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are
Valorie Burton - Successful Women Speak Differently: 9 Habits That Build Confidence, Courage, and Influence
Denene Millner - My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children
John W. Gray III - I Am Number 8: Overlooked and Undervalued, but Not Forgotten by God
KeKe Palmer - I Don't Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice
14. Mystery/Suspense
Mary Monroe - Never Trust a Stranger (Lonely Heart, Deadly Heart)
Karen E. Osborne - Getting It Right
Nicole Blades -The Thunder Beneath Us
Brit Bennett - The Mothers: A Novel
Brick & Storm - The Syndicate: Carl Weber Presents
15. Magazine Non Literary
Monarch Magazine
Bleu Magazine
Essence
Black Enterprise
Uptown
16. Children/Young Adult
Renée Watson- Piecing Me Together
Jason Reynolds- The Boy in the Black Suit
Denene Millner - Early Sunday Morning (Denene Millner Books)
Jewell Parker Rhodes - Towers Falling
Ilyasah Shabazz - X: A Novel
17. Magazine – Literary
African Voices
Mosaic
Written
Shades of Romance
BlackBerry
18. Publishing House Of The Year
Atria Books
Grand Central Publishing
Brown Girls Books
Kimani Press
St. Martin’s Press
19. Bookclub Of The Year
Simple Pleasures Bookclub
Sugar and Spice Book club
Colorful Minds Book Club
Brownstone Book Club
Uptown Girl’s Harlem Book Club
20. Cookbook
Tia Mowry - Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You
Ayesha Curry - The Seasoned Life: Food, Family, Faith, and the Joy of Eating Well
Jessica Jones and Wendy Lopez - 28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot: Reset Your Body, Lose Weight, Gain Energy & Feel Great
Patti LaBelle - Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About
Calibe Thompson - 50 Favorite Jamaican Recipes: Taste the Islands Essentials
21. Comedy
Luvvie Ajayi - I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual
Phoebe Robinson - You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
Samantha Irby - We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays
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