Pulitzer Administrator, Dana Canedy, announces at Columbia University's School of Journalism on Monday, April 15, that David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster), is the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History.
David Blight is awarded the Los Angeles Times 2018 Book Prize for Biography at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 13-14, 2019. The book festival was held at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
A mammoth biography of Frederick Douglass and a new study of the 17th-century colonial American conflict known as King Philip’s War have won this year’s Bancroft Prize, which is considered one of the most prestigious honors in the field of American history.
Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History announces that David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster), is the recipient of the 2019 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize.
David Blight has been chosen to receive the Graduate Mentor Award for the Humanities at the Yale University Graduate School’s Convocation Ceremony the weekend before commencement.
The 77th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were presented to “books that have made an important contribution to society’s understanding of racism and diversity of human cultures.” Jury Chair Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presented a lifetime achievement award to Arnold Rampersad, humanities professor at Stanford University and author of biographies of Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes.
The 60th annual National Book Awards ceremony was held at Cipriani in New York City with Andy Borowitz as the host. The National Book Foundation presented a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to Gore Vidal and a Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community to Dave Eggers. Then authors spoke after their awards were announced.
David W. Blight, award winning author, gives his lecture "A Slave No More: Two Recently Discovered Narratives and the Story of Emancipation" at the Dole Institute.