Since 1976 the Before Columbus Foundation has been devoted to the task of redefining our notion of “mainstream” American literature to reflect this country’s multicultural, multiethnic richness and diversity. Since 1980 it has sponsored the American Book Awards. This anthology, edited by Ishmael Reed, includes thirty selections from a decade of award-winning fiction.
Ishmael gives an overview of the book:
Author of twenty-eight published books to date, Ishmael Reed is a novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist. He is also a publisher, editor of thirteen anthologies and numerous magazines, television producer, public media commentator, teacher and lecturer. His online...