Honoring Books That Open and Challenge Minds

The Anisfield-Wolf Awards recognize books that make important contributions to our understanding of racism and cultural diversity. For 80 years, the distinguished books earning Anisfield-Wolf prizes have opened and challenged our minds. Past winners have presented the extraordinary art and culture of peoples around the world, explored human-rights violations, exposed the effects of racism on children, reflected on growing up biracial, and illuminated the dignity of people as they search for justice. Cleveland ScreenGrabpoet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the award in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and her husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for issues of social justice. Today, it remains the only American juried book prize of its kind, and the awards are administered annually by the Cleveland Foundation.

Learn about the latest honorees and how you can get tickets to the award ceremony held each fall in Cleveland, visit the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards website.