[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] Cynthia Hurd Honored with Literary Award

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Fri Feb 26 07:44:27 PST 2016


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 2:26 PM
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February 25, 2016 gilsont
<http://www.against-the-grain.com/author/gilsont/> News
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*Emanuel AME Church* victim and Charleston County librarian *Cynthia Hurd*
will be honored with the 2016 BCALA Self-Publishing eBook Literary Award.
The award, presented by Charleston tech company *BiblioBoard* and the *Black
Caucus of the American Library Association*, will be presented during the
2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Orlando,
Florida. Below is the press release for this event.

[image: Cynthia Hurd]

Cynthia Hurd

*BCALA and BiblioBoard Announce the 2016 EBook Literary Awards Winners*

The *Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA)* and
*BiblioBoard* announce winners of the 2016 Self-Publishing EBook Award.
Following the model of the current BCALA Literary Awards, the new award
honors the best self-published EBooks in fiction and poetry by an African
American author in the U.S. The recipients will receive the awards during
the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Orlando,

The first awards are dedicated to *Cynthia Hurd,* whose life was tragically
cut short in the Mother Emanuel AME Church attack in Charleston, South
Carolina. Hurd was a beloved public servant and dedicated librarian at
Charleston County Public Library for over 31 years.

*Dudley Gregorie*, Charleston City Councilman and a trustee of Mother
Emanuel AME, believes this to be an outstanding tribute to Hurd. “*Cynthia
[Hurd]* was a cherished member of our church and our community. Her
exceptional work in service of the library and local community and her
tremendous spirit are more than deserving of an award in her honor,
especially an award of such significance.”

The BCALA 2016 Self-Publishing EBook Award marks the first award from an
ALA affiliate to acknowledge literary excellence in self-published digital
content. “I believe a priority in the library should be to promote
culturally diverse literature,” says *Gregorie*. “This award and the two
winners it honors represent a remarkable and growing shift in the library
world, wherein the library becomes an institution that doesn’t just serve
its community, but actively engages it and evolves to meet its needs. The
winning selections are relevant, socially aware texts that speak to readers
and ask that they think on what it means to be a part of a community that
is diverse but connected, a community with empathy. As a librarian whose
true passion was to help make sure her patrons and community had every
opportunity to grow together, I’m confident Cynthia would be proud to affix
her name to an award in service to that cause.

*Song of Blood and Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One* (Heartspell
Media, LLC) by *L. Penelope*. This book is an action packed novel that is
both a story of romance and magical fantasy. Jasminda, an orphaned outcast
from Elsira, encounters Jack and the two fight evil, to solve a mystery
that may prevent war between two nations. Ironically, the two nations have
a skin-color bias that resonate racial tensions of today. Leslye Penelope
has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the
worlds in her head. She lives in Maryland with her husband.

*Streetlights, J’s and Hip Hop: Making of a Poet* (Create Space Publishing)
by *King Shakur*. A poetic walk down memory lane renders thought-provoking
words at the height of the “Black Lives Matters” movement with poems that
illuminate feelings from The African American community. Shakur urges
readers to question one’s own society and purpose in life. He is a poet and
spoken word artist heavily influenced by poverty, youth engagement, Hip Hop
and Soul music. Born in Dallas, TX and raised in the South Dallas
neighborhood. He wrote his first poem at 12 and his first performance was
in a Baptist church, at the age of 17.

Members of the BCALA Literary Awards Jury are: Gladys Smiley Bell (Chair),
Hampton University; Tiffany A. Duck, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library;
Jamillah Gabriel, Purdue University; Dominique Luster, University of
Pittsburgh; Carol Nurse, Montclair University; Annie Payton, Alabama
Agricultural and Mechanical University; Stacy Williams, University of
Southern California.

Don Wood
Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
dwood at ala.org
1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429; 312-280-2429
312-280-4392 (fax)

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thing.”—Albert Schweitzer

“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world.”—Malala

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting
to improve the world.”—Anne Frank

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Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

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