2013 Publisher of the Year
TONY ROSE, PUBLISHER/CEO, AMBER COMMUNICATIONS GROUP, INC. NAMED THE
HARLEM BOOK FAIR / PHILLIS WHEATLEY BOOK AWARDS –
“2013 AFRICAN AMERICAN BOOK PUBLISHER OF THE YEAR”
AT THE SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013, NEW YORK CITY, NY.
Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc.
2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Awards “African American Book Publisher of the Year”.
Tony Rose 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature
“Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders”
by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books).
National – Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, of Phoenix, AZ based, Amber Communications Group, Inc., the nation’s largest African American Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies, was announced as the “2013 African American Book Publisher of the Year” at the Harlem Book Fair / Phillis Wheatley Book Awards ceremony in the Langston Hughes Auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Friday, July 19, 2013, New York City, NY.
The award was presented to Mr. Rose by Max Rodriguez, founder of the Harlem Book Fair and the Phillis Wheatley Book Awards. Tony Rose stated; “Thank you so much for the privilege of being announced as The Harlem Book Fair / Phillis Wheatley Book Awards 2013 African American Book Publisher of the Year. The Harlem Book Fair is the cornerstone of all of our African American Publishing efforts and the premiere Awards Show and Book Fair in the United States of America. It is our great honor to stand here at the Schomburg Center, the bastion of our African American culture and receive this award where the greatest Book Publishers ever, Haki Madhubuti of Third World Press and W. Paul Coates of Black Classic Press have stood.”
Rose continued; “Amber Communications Group, Inc., Yvonne Rose and I, with great pride and gratitude, accept the 2013 African American Book Publisher of the Year award on behalf of our Amber, Colossus, Amber Classics, Amber/Wiley, Amber/Joyner, and Desmoon Books authors and The African American Book Publishing Industry in which we serve”.
This year’s awards show was a truly magnificent event, with the cream of the African American literary world present, including: Troy Johnson, The African American Literature Book Club (AALBC); Annette Thomas, Wheatley Book Awards Director; Yona Deshommes, Senior Publicity Manager, Simon and Schuster and Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati, The Literary and the African American Children’s Book Fair.
The 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award winners were: The Legendary Poet, Sonia Sanchez – 1st Annual Sonia Sanchez Award in Poetry; Tony Rose – Publisher of the Year; Kei Miller – The Last Warner Women (First Fiction); Sadeqa Johnson – Love in a Carry-On Bag (Fiction); W. K. Stratton – Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing’s Invisible Champion (Non-Fiction/Biography & Memoir); Deborah Davis – Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation (Non-Fiction/History & Politics); Colleen McElroy –
Here I Throw Down My Heart (Poetry); Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams, Illustrated by Shadra Strickland – The Diary of BB Bright: Possible Princess (Young Adult Readers) Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis – Tea Cakes for Tosh (Young Readers);
Other prior Wheatley Book Award winners include: Terry McMillan, Gordon Parks, Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison.
Tony Rose, Amber Books and author, Gregory J. Reed, Esq., were the 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Award winners for Outstanding Literature (Youth/Teens) Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders by Gregory J. Reed, Esq. (Amber Books.
The Harlem Book Fair celebrated 15 years of C-SPAN, Books, Film, Authors, E-Books, Music, Poetry, Theater, Food, Awards, Panels and Seminars on 135th Street and Frederick Douglas Blvd., with over 40,000 book loving people in Harlem, NY, July 20, 2013.
Rose is the recipient of several publishing awards including: The Harlem Book Fair / Phillis Wheatley Book Awards “2013 African American Book Publisher of the Year”; The 2013 44th Annual NAACP Image Award for Literature – Best Literary Work Youth / Teens, Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders (Amber Books); The City of Phoenix, Arizona – Office of the Mayor “Official Resolution” for Fifteen Years of Successful Book Publishing and the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Literature; The City of Boston and the Boston City Council “Official Resolution” for his success in the Music/Recording Industry and the Book Publishing Industry; The 2008 Harlem Book Fair “Phillis Wheatley Book Award “For Literary Work That Transcends Culture, Boundary and Perception”; The Chicago Black Book Fair and Conference Independent Publisher/Press Award; The BlackBoard Bestseller’s African-American Publisher of the Year Award; The American Library Association “Reluctant Reader” Award; The 1st YOUnity Book Reviewers, Disilgold Soul Magazine “Publisher of the Millennium” Award; The Diamond Literary Festival “Certificate of Appreciation” Award; The Harlem Book Fair, Boston/Roxbury “Charles C. Yancey” Literary Award; The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House of Representatives, In Recognition of “Promoting the African American Experience Through the Literary World” Award; The City of Boston “Continuous Promotion of African American Authors” Resolution; The Black Caucus of The American Library Association (BCALA) “Appreciation Award; The BookExpo America “Founders Award”; The Haki R. Madhubuti “Independent Publisher of Note” Award; The City of Los Angeles, State of California, Leimert Park Village Book Fair, Certificate of Appreciation, “For Extraordinary Contributions to the African American Literacy Legacy” Award; The Los Angeles Black BookExpo, Certificate of Appreciation “Outstanding Contributions in Promoting Black Literature” Award and The Cape Verdean News “Millennium Award” for Book Publishing Excellence.
Among ACGI’s most notable and diverse titles are: Beyonce’-Before the Legend: The Rise of Beyonce’ and Destiny’s Child, The Early Years; Kanye West-Before the Legend: The Rise of Kanye West and the Chicago Rap & R&B Scene, The Early Years; Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders; The African American Criminal Justice Guide-Staying Alive and Out of Jail; The African American Scholarship Guide-Thousands of Scholarships and Grants for African American Students; The African American Employment Guide-Finding and keeping a Job; Ageless Beauty: The Ultimate Skincare and Makeup Book for Women and Teens of Color; The Revised Second Edition-Is Modeling For You? The Handbook and Guide for the Young Aspiring African American Model; Tom Joyner Presents: How To Prepare For College; African Americans and the Future of New Orleans; Beautiful Black Hair – Real Solutions To Real Problems; The African American Family’s Guide to Tracing Our Roots; The Afro-Centric Bride – A Style Guide; African American History In The United States of America, An Anthology-From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One; Born Beautiful: The African American Teenagers Complete Beauty Guide; The African American Guide to Real Estate Investing; Lil Wayne: An Unauthorized Biography; Jay Z and The Roc-A-Fella Records Dynasty;
How To Get Rich When You Ain’t Got Nothing: The African American Guide To Obtaining and Building Wealth; Pay Yourself First: The African American Guide to Financial Success and Security; Aaliyah – An R & B Princess in Words & Pictures; Destiny’s Child: The Complete Story; God Made Dirt: The Life and Times of Ol’ Dirty Bastard; Memoirs of a Superfreak – The Confessions of Rick James; and Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and….A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years; Eminem and the Detroit Rap Scene: White Kid in a Black Music World; Amy Winehouse: Too Young To Die…Too Old To Live; Nicki Minaj: The Woman Who Stole the World and Lady Gaga: Born To Be Free.
Tony Rose is also the editor of numerous books and the co-writer of the national best-seller, Is Modeling For You: The Handbook and Guide For The Young Aspiring Black Model, written with Yvonne Rose. He has penned the critically acclaimed, best-seller, Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years, and has recently compiled, edited and published,the award winning, African American History In The United States of America – An Anthology – From Africa To President Barack Obama, Volume One, a Top Ten Best African American Book.