Held annually to recognize exemplary works by, for, and relevant to people of color, the 44th NAACP Image Awards honor individuals and their work in the fields of television, music, literature, and film as well as individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The Image Awards include 40 nominees for Outstanding Literary works in 9 categories and represent titles published by major houses, indie presses and self-publishers.

The winners are selected by the members of the NAACP, and will be announced during a two-hour live televised event airing on Friday, February 1 on NBC. A complete list of the literature nominees is available on the NAACP website.

Among the books and authors nominated for this year’s NAACP Image Awards are:

Fiction: Destiny's Divas by Victoria Christopher Murray (Touchstone), and Silent Cry, by Dywane Birch (Strebor)

Nonfiction: Fraternity by Diane Brady (Spiegel & Grau), and Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation by Deborah Davis (Atria).

Debut Author: A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvvette Edwards (Amistad), and Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words, Darryl L. Lacy (iUniverse)

Biography/Autobiography: Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change by John Lewis (Hyperion), and The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss (Crown)

Youth/Teens: Fire in the Streets by Kekla Magoon (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing), and Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America's Young Leaders by Gregory Reed (Amber Books).