See below for the list of 2021 winners in the MULTICULTURAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Every Thread A Story & The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery: Traditional Chinese Artisans of Guizhou Province
2021 Gold Winner

Authors: Karen Elting Brock, Linda Ligon, Wang Jun, and Zeng Li

Publisher: Thrums Books, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7332003-9-4

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Every Thread a Story is a tribute to ethnic minority artisans of China’s Miao and Dong communities. In-person interviews with traditional artisans brings the culture and the traditions alive. A companion volume, The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery, reveals the meaning behind symbols and motifs that have been in use for hundreds of years.

Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities
2021 Silver Winner

Editor: Edward C Valandra (Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla)

Publisher: Living Justice Press

ISBN: 978-1-937141-23-3

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Eighteen authors of color explore how race and colonization affect the practice and direction of restorative justice. These authors reveal how the restorative justice movement can benefit from embracing racial and social justice, including decolonization, as integral to its work and leadership.

Finding Home: Portraits and Memories of Immigrants
2021 Silver Winner

Photographer: Becky Field

Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher

ISBN: 978-1-942155-34-8

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Stories by forty immigrants and refugees, along with portraits by award-winning photographer Becky Field, show the journeys to find a new home in a new land. The stories document the determination to find safety, education, work, and freedom, while Becky’s photographs celebrate the cultural diversity that contributes to our communities.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the MULTICULTURAL category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Keith Recker

Publisher: Thrums Books

ISBN: 978-1-7335108-5-1

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True Colors presents the work and vision of twenty-six natural dye artists from around the world, opening a window into their culture, their lives, and the power of color.

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The Alchemy of Noise: A Novel
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Lorraine Devon Wilke

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-559-9

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An interracial couple finds their new relationship shattered by an unexpected arrest in a provocative drama that asks if love can bridge the distance between two Americas.

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Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Denise K. Lajimodiere

Publisher: North Dakota State University Press

ISBN: 978-1-946163-10-3

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Stringing Rosaries is an exploration of experiences of Native Americans at boarding schools in the Northern Plains region of the United States from 1921–1986.

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Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Deb Brandon

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-7643-5650-6

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Handmade textiles are personal, no matter where they’re created. These photos and explanations of 25 diverse world cultures’ techniques vividly share the details. Come explore!

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