C-SPAN2s Book TV, known for its coverage of politics, culture and art, will receive the Phillis Wheatley Award from the Harlem Book Fair.
The award, named for the first published African-American female writer, is given for literary work and literary advocacy that transcends boundaries, race and perception, book fair founder Max Rodriguez said.
This is the first year the award, which has been presented for the past nine years, will be given to an organization instead of an author. Past recipients include Walter Mosley, Maya Angelou and Chinua Achebe.
We specifically want to honor Book TV for the vision that it has taken to give voice to African-American writing in a way that no other media outlet, black or white, has done, Rodriguez said. That takes courage. That takes commitment.
Peter Slen, Book TVs executive producer, will accept the award Saturday in New York.
One of our top goals is to make sure different points of view are heard, Slen said.
Book TV has broadcast live coverage of the Harlem Book Fair since 2002.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.