Santana memoir, poet Anne Waldman among winners of American Book Awards, which honor diversity

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NEW YORK — Carlos Santana, Marlon James and Naomi Klein are among the winners of the 36th annual American Book Awards, which celebrate diversity in publishing.

Santana and co-authors Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller were cited Monday for the memoir "The Universal Tone." James won for his nearly 700-page novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings," based in part on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Klein won for the environmental work "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate." Poet Anne Waldman, whose books include "The Iovis Trilogy," was honored for lifetime achievement.

More than a dozen recipients were announced for the American Book Awards, which have no individual categories. The awards are presented by the Before Columbus Foundation, a nonprofit "educational and service organization" founded in 1976 by author-playwright Ishmael Reed.

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