Tochi Onyebuchi’s novel Riot Baby and Hafizah Geter’s poetry collection Un-American have been nominated for the 52nd NAACP Image Awards in the categories, respectively, of Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction and Outstanding Literary Work—Poetry.
The NAACP Image Awards, an initiative of the US-based organization National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), was founded in 1967 and “honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also recognizes individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.”
Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby is nominated alongside Alice Randall’s Black Bottom Saints, Megan Giddings’s Lakewood, Walter Mosley’sThe Awkward Black Man, and Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half.
Geter’s Un-American is nominated alongside Danez Smith’s Homie, John Murillo’s Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, Rachel Eliza Griffith’s Seeing the Body, and Honorée Jeffers’s The Age of Phillis.
Both Riot Baby and Un-American were on Brittle Paper‘s Notable African Books of 2020 list and have won or been nominated for other awards each including, respectively, an ALA Alex Award and the PEN Open Book Award.
Go here to see the full list of NACCP Image Award nominees. The winners will be announced on March 27.