The 88th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards honored five authors in fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and celebrated lifetime achievements. The awards ceremony was held at the Maltz Performing Arts Center on Sept. 28.
Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards in 1935 in honor of her father John Anisfiled and husband Eugene Wolf. She created the awards to reflect on her family's passion for social justice.
Wolf was proactive with the Cleveland Public Library for 20 years. She worked to make sure the library had books from all cultures. She was also a published poet and civic activist who used her work as a way to explore racial prejudice and celebrate human diversity.
The 2023 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards honored the following artists:
Fiction - Horse by Geraldine Brooks
Fiction - The Family Chao by Lan Samantha Chang
Poetry - Alive at the End of the World by Saeed Jones
Nonfiction - Half American by Matthew F. Delmont
Lifetime Achievement - Charlayne Hunter-Gault