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There are infinite ways to be Black...
and we want to celebrate them!

The party may have passed, but you can still relive all the excitement
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Our 2021 ceremony was hosted by Cree Myles; featured appearances by Ayana Gray, Jamise Harper, Vallery Lomas, Jasmine Mans, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Danté Stewart, Nic Stone, Traci Thomas,
& Phillip B. Williams; and stunning performances by Jaime Woods.

Please note registration, nominations, and voting are now closed. You can view all of our 2021 nominees and winners below.

All 2021 Nominees & Winners

Congrats to all of our 2021 community-chosen nominees and winners!

Bookstagrammer of the Year
A Bookstagrammer who has demonstrated visionary excellence in the following categories: content, engagement and originality.
Bookstagrammer of the Year (10,000+ followers)
Prize of $1,000 cash + opportunity for Instagram ad credits
@Booksenvogue
@melanatedreader - WINNER
@readingwithglamour
@ReggieReads
@thestackspod

Bookstagrammer of the Year (5,000 - 9,999 followers)

Prize of $500 cash + opportunity for Instagram ad credits
@ablackmanreading - WINNER
@dsweet_library
@_litmedown
@_pagesgaloree
@read_by_rodkelly
Bookstagrammer of the Year (up to 4,999 followers)

Prize of $500 cash + opportunity for Instagram ad credits
@angieoverbooked - WINNER
@brisbookish
@historywithher
@temikacage
@theoreads_

Debut Bookstagrammer of the Year
A Bookstagrammer whose account has debuted with in the past calendar year and has demonstrated outstanding content and curation.
Prize of $500 cash + opportunity for Instagram ad credits
@ashleeisbooked
@blackgirlwithbooks - WINNER
@margauxreadit
@readwithebony
@_whatlexreads

Book of the Year - Adult
Adult fiction or non-fiction book that has created vast discourse and altered the literary landscape.
Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans
Dear Senthuran
by Akwaeke Emezi
The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers - WINNER
The Prophets
by Robert Jones, Jr.
Seven Days in June
by Tia Williams

Book of the Year - YA
A young adult book so refreshing it is only a matter of time before it is mentioned alongside such classics as
The Giver, The Hate You Give,
and The Coldest Winter Ever.

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide - WINNER
Blackout
by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, & Nicola Yoon
Instructions for Dancing
by Nicola Yoon
This is My America
by Kim Johnson
White Smoke
by Tiffany D. Jackson

Book of the Year - Kids
A children's book that followed in the canon's tradition of making the beauty and wonder of this world accessible to our tiniest readers.
Change Sings by Amanda Gorman, ill. by Loren Long
Looking for a Jumbie by Tracey Baptiste, ill. Amber Ren
The Me I Choose to Be by Natasha Tarpley, ill. by Regis & Kahran Bethencourt - WINNER
The People Remember by Ibi Zoboi, ill. by Loveis Wise
Shady Baby by Gabrielle Union-Wade & Dwayne Wade Jr., ill. by Tara Nicole Whitaker

Author of the Year
A published writer who has continously demonstrated their commitment and appreciation to Bookstagram.
(Can include debut authors.)
Mateo Askaripour, author of Black Buck
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
Robert Jones Jr., author of The Prophets
Kiese Laymon, author of Long Division (The Remix)
Jasmine Mans, author of Black Girl, Call Home - WINNER

Debut Author of the Year
Author whose book has debuted within the last year and has already started solidifying their place in the Black literary tradition.
Faridah Abike-Iyimide, author of Ace of Spades
Mateo Askaripour, author of
Black Buck
Brian Broome, author of
Punch Me Up to the Gods
Robert Jones, Jr., author of The Prophets
- WINNER
Monica West, author of Revival Season

Audiobook of the Year
That ideal listening experience.
Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (nar. by Zeno Robinson)
The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton (nar. by Janina Edwards)
How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith (nar. by Clint Smith)
The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. (nar. by Karen Chilton)

Somebody's Daughter by Ashley Ford (nar. by Ashley Ford) - WINNER

Cover of the Year
A cover to end all covers.
Black Boy Out of Time
Black Girl, Call Home - WINNER
Long Division (The Remix)
Skin of the Sea
Unbound

Independent Bookstore of the Year
Whether it's your hometown favorite or another favorite book oasis, we want to hear about them!
Baldwin & Co. | New Orleans, LA
Harriet's Bookshop | Philadelphia, PA
Mahogany Books | Washington, D.C.
Sistah Scifi | Oakland, CA

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books | Philadelphia, PA - WINNER

Most Original Social Content of the Year
They did what?! What's the most original content you've seen?
@blackreaderscon
@bookitqueen

@booksenvogue - WINNER
@brisbookish
@supportblackauthors

Best Breakout Moment
Woah. Zero to Sixty in one post. What moment blew you away?
@ablackmanreading for #FlashbackFriday
@booksarepopculture for
Long Division author conversation

@melanatedreader for Goats and Legends - WINNER
@readingwithglamour for Checking In with Michelle Williams
@spinesvines for
Bibliophile Diverse Spines launch

Best Reel
A Reel that you visit again and again.
@ablackmanreading
@bookitqueen
@booksenvogue

@readingwithglamour - WINNER
@supportblackauthors

Best Review
A review so insightful it inspired you to pick up the book.
@ablackmanreading x The Prophets - WINNER
@blackgirlthatreads x We Are Not Like Them
@_litmedown x The Prophets
@reggiereads x Black Buck
@theoreads_ x Open Water

Best Photo (without face)
A picture taken of a book in the classic Bookstagram tradition.
@blackgirlthatreads - WINNER
@bribookish
@chocolatecoveredpages
@herstacks
@never_withouta_book

Best Photo (with face)
A picture taken of a book including the Bookstagrammer.
@chocolatecoveredpages - WINNER
@_litmedown
@owl_be_booked
@_pagesgaloree
@thesolreader

Best Read-A-Thon
An organized buddy read that inspired people to pick up a book with a community of readers and kept them engaged
throughout the read with activities and encouragement.

@blackprosebookclub for Nekkid 2021
@browngirlreading for #ReadSoulLit photo challenge - WINNER
@_withtheshxtsexp with A Brief History of Seven Killings

Best Interview
A discourse that was so moving you go back and visit it again and again.
@ablackmanreading x Mateo Askaripour
@browngirlreading x Zoe Bambara

@melanatedreader x Kiese Laymon - WINNER
@thestackspod x Dave Zirin

What is All Ways Black?

All Ways Black is a community dedicated to Black literature -- reading it, sharing it, talking about it, posting about it, living it, loving it. Follow @AllWaysBlack on Instagram to join the conversation, find book recommendations, tune in for live author chats and read-a-thons, and generally vibe out with your fellow readers.

What are The All Ways Black Awards?

The first-ever All Ways Black Awards are a place to celebrate all of the labor and love Bookstagrammers, readers, and writers put into this space. We have some really awesome categories for you to choose from, with a healthy mix of fun and dignified. Do you have a favorite bookstagrammer (even if it’s you, tuh)? A review that was so insightful it halted your scrolling? A reel that you visit again and again? A writer that has made this space feel like a real community? Well here is your chance to ensure they are celebrated! Mark your calendar for December 9th and make sure you check back here for details.

Meet Our Committee

Final category nominations will be decided by our official All Ways Black Awards Committee.
Get to know them (and throw them a follow!) below.

Cree Myles headshot

Photo: © @creemyles, Instagram

Cree Myles | Committee Lead

Courtney Coulter headshot

Photo: © @coco_chasing_adventures, Instagram

Courtney Coulter | CoCo Chasing Adventures

Crystal Forte headshot

Photo: © @melanatedreader, Instagram

Crystal Forte | Melanated Reader

Jerid P. Woods headshot

Photo: © @ablackmanreading, Instagram

Jerid P. Woods | A Black Man Reading

Jimalion Shari headshot

Photo: © @itsabookishworld_, Instagram

Jimalion "Milly" Shari | It's A Bookish World

Megan Goodman headshot

Photo: © @bookswithmeg_, Instagram

Megan Goodman | Meg the Book Stallion

Nia J headshot

Photo: © @_pagesgaloree, Instagram

Nia J | Nia J Reads

Reggie Bailey headshot

Photo: © @reggiereads, Instagram

Reggie Bailey | Reggie Reads

Rod Kelly Hines headshot

Photo: © @read_by_rodkelly, Instagram

Rod Kelly Hines | Read by Rod Kelly

Theodore headshot

Photo: © @theoreads_, Instagram

Theodore | Theo Reads

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Snag A Copy for Yourshelf

There are a wealth of books by Black authors and about the Black experience to choose from.
Here are just a few top picks, curated by our fearless leader Cree Myles!

Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry

Afro-Vegan

Bryant Terry

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray

Beasts of Prey

Ayana Gray

The Black Book by Toni Morrison, Middleton A. Harris, Ernest Smith, Morris Levitt, Roger Furman

The Black Book

Toni Morrison, Middleton A. Harris, Ernest Smith, Morris Levitt, Roger Furman

Black Boy Joy by Kwame Mbalia

Black Boy Joy

Kwame Mbalia

Black Futures by Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham

Black Futures

Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham

Black Girl, Call Home by Jasmine Mans

Black Girl, Call Home

Jasmine Mans

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Marlon James

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

Call Us What We Carry

Amanda Gorman

Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi

Dear Senthuran

Akwaeke Emezi

Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor

Filthy Animals

Brandon Taylor

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry, Vashti Harrison

Hair Love

Matthew A. Cherry, Vashti Harrison

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon

Instructions for Dancing

Nicola Yoon

Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda

Maya and the Robot

Eve L. Ewing, Christine Almeda

Mutiny by Phillip B. Williams

Mutiny

Phillip B. Williams

Nigger by Dick Gregory, Robert Lipsyte

Nigger

Dick Gregory, Robert Lipsyte

The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Ones Who Don't Say They Love You

Maurice Carlos Ruffin

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

The Passing Playbook

Isaac Fitzsimons

Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson

Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes

Phoebe Robinson

Rainbow Milk by Paul Mendez

Rainbow Milk

Paul Mendez

Shoutin' in the Fire by Danté Stewart

Shoutin' in the Fire

Danté Stewart

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Sister Outsider

Audre Lorde

Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo

Ties That Tether

Jane Igharo

Till the End by CC Sabathia, Chris Smith

Till the End

CC Sabathia, Chris Smith

You Are Your Best Thing by Tarana Burke, Brené Brown

You Are Your Best Thing

Tarana Burke, Brené Brown

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