The Alliance of Radical Booksellers announced joint winners of this year's £500 (about $380) Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, which "seeks to recognize and celebrate excellence in the field of radical political nonfiction." The winning titles are Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands by Stuart Hall and Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge.
"The decision to share the award was predicated on the notion that these two exceptional books compliment one another so well, offering two different approaches and levels of insight into the inter-relational dynamics of racism," said Bread & Roses Award trustee Nik Gorecki, adding: "The two books together provide readers with a rich inter-generational and inter-sectional narrative of black British experience and analysis."
Guest judge Katharine Quarmby said Familiar Stranger "is an outstanding memoir which, with considerable subtlety, marries together memoir with politics, providing readers with a brilliant analysis of the many discontents of colonialism. This posthumous account, written with Bill Schwarz, gave a beautiful sense of point and counterpoint throughout the book."
Guest judge Joan Anim-Addo described Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race as "a wonderful and timely book that dares to speak honestly to the contemporary moment in Britain, one that is increasingly characterized by young people, black and white, wanting to understand as fully as they can the society in which they live. While that society is of course multi-racial, the quality of life for too many people continues to be affected by the reality of race, or more accurately, racialized thinking in its varied guises."
This year's winner of the Little Rebels Children's Book Award, which recognizes children's fiction that "promotes social justice or social equality, challenges stereotypes or is informed by anti-discriminatory concerns," was The Muslims by Zanib Mian. Judge Patrice Lawrence said, "This is a very funny and very effective challenge to the widespread misrepresentation of Muslims in the news. More children need to get to read this book."
A 13-book longlist, rather than the usual 12, has been released for the £5,000 (about $3,810) Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize, which recognizes a book that "most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright's work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world." A shortlist will be announced July 5 and the winner named August 2. Check out the longlisted titles here.