Jacqueline Woodson, Brit Bennett, Barack Obama Lead Our NAACP Image Awards Finalists

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The 52nd NAACP Image Awards, the highly regarded, historic competition that annually honors the accomplishments of BIPOC artists across television, music, film and literature, has announced nine Penguin Random House nominees across multiple categories recognizing “Outstanding Literary Works.”

Winners will be revealed during a nationally televised broadcast late next month.

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett (Riverhead Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama (Crown)

A BLACK WOMEN’S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross (Beacon Press, a PRHPS client publisher)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

A KNOCK AT MIDNIGHT by Brittany Barnett (Crown)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama (Crown)

WILLIE: The Game-Changing Story of the NHL’s First Black Player by Willie O’Ree (Viking)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

VEGETABLE KINGDOM by Bryant Terry (Ten Speed Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

BEFORE THE EVER AFTER by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)

DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone (Crown Books for Young Readers)

THIS IS YOUR TIME by Ruby Bridges (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

The NAACP Image Awards winners will be announced during a live broadcast across all ViacomCBS Networks, including BET, CBS and MTV, on Saturday, March 27, at 8:00 p.m. (ET)

To view a complete list of the NAACP Image Awards nominees, click here.

Congratulations and best of luck to our finalist authors and their publishers.

Posted: February 4, 2021