ATLANTA — Tamika Newhouse made words come to life at the the 8th Annual AAMBC Literary Awards Show inside the Ferst Center of Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a result of her star-studded awards show, more words from black authors can be seen, read, absorbed and celebrated.
Words were hardly sufficient to describe the level of euphoria that Mary Monroe felt in her soul at being bestowed the prestigious Maya Angelou award for her contribution to the black literary world during her illustrious career.
The fact that the teary-eyed Oakland, Calif. resident, best known for her New York Times bestselling book “God Don’t Like Ugly,” was provided the platform to express her gratitude is the reason why Newhouse founded the AAMBC Literary Awards, which were produced by
Newhouse and hosted by “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Cynthia Bailey.
The AAMBC Literary Awards serves as the only nationally recognized event that identifies and honors writers, artists, editors and publishers that define excellence in literature. VIP guests, nominees and honorees participated in an exclusive VIP reception and intimate meet and greet with celebrity authors prior to the awards show. Guests were treated to a live entertainment, spoken word and musical performances throughout the evening.
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Special guest included:
Nicci Gilbert (TV One’s R&B Divas)
Egypt Sherrod (HGTV’s Property Virgins)
Special Honorees Included:
Mary B. Morrison
AAMBC Literary Award Winners:
Reader’s Choice Winner – Mz Lady P
Urban Book of The Year – Crush by Ivy Symone
Screenwriter of the Year -Ryan Coogler
Reviewer of the Year – Orsayor Simmons
Non Fiction Book of Year – Unbreak My Heart by Toni Braxton
Editor of the Year- Charreah K. Jackson of Essence
Blogger of the Year – Marie Leggette, Curvy Fashionista
Romance Author of the Year – Cheris Hodges
Male Author of Year – Eric Jerome Dickey
Female Author of the Year – Joy Deja King
Street Lit Writer – K’wan
Literary Activist – Papaya Wagstaff-Speight
Publisher of the Year – Dafina
Indie Publisher of the Year – Brown Girls Publishing
Ebook of the Year – Crush by Ivy Symone
Book Club of the Year- (Don’t Read Me, Read A Book)
Independent Digital Publisher – Shan Presents
Breakout Author of the Year – Kellz Kimberly