Tiya Miles Co-Winner 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction


Tiya Miles, Photo © Kimberly P. Mitchell/USA TODAY

ALL THAT SHE CARRIED by Tiya Miles, one of the most honored nonfiction titles published last year, has received another major recognition. Subtitled The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake, the Random House publication has been voted the Nonfiction co -winner of the 2022 Anisfield-Wolf Awards,, sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation.

These awards were established in 1935 to reflect the passion of poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf’s family for social justice. Today, the awards recognize books that have made important contributions to confront racism and explore the rich diversity of human cultures.

ALL THAT SHE CARRIED is a narrative of the journey of an embroidered sack through generations of women in the South. Tiya Miles carefully traces these women’s faint presence in archival records, and, where archives fall short, she turns to objects, art, and the environment to write a singular history of the experience of slavery, and the uncertain freedom afterward, in the United States. The book honors the creativity and resourcefulness of people who preserved family ties when official systems refused to do so, and it serves as a visionary illustration of how to reconstruct and recount their stories today.

In addition to the Anisfield-Wolf Award, ALL THAT SHE CARRIED has won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, Lawrence W. Levine Award, and Darlene Clark Hine Award

The Anisfield-Wolf awards jury included Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. as the chair, poet Rita Dove, novelist Joyce Carol Oates, psychologist Steven Pinker, and historian Simon Schama.

Congratulations to Ms. Miles, her editor, Molly Turpin, and her Random House colleagues.

View the complete list of winners here.

Posted: April 7, 2022