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Santana memoir, poet Anne Waldman among winners of American Book Awards, which honor diversity

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NEW YORK — Carlos Santana, Marlon James and Naomi Klein are among the winners of the 36th annual American Book Awards, which celebrate diversity in publishing.

PHOTO: FILE - In this July 1, 2015 file photo, Naomi Klein arrives for a news conference at the Vatican. Klein, along with Carlos Santana and Marlon James, are among the winners of the 36th annual American Book Awards, which celebrate diversity in publishing. Klein won for the environmental work “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.” (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
FILE - In this July 1, 2015 file photo, Naomi Klein arrives for a news conference at the Vatican. Klein, along with Carlos Santana and Marlon James, are among the winners of the 36th annual American Book Awards, which celebrate diversity in publishing. Klein won for the environmental work “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.” (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Santana and co-authors Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller were cited Monday for the memoir "The Universal Tone." James won for his nearly 700-page novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings," based in part on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Klein won for the environmental work "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate." Poet Anne Waldman, whose books include "The Iovis Trilogy," was honored for lifetime achievement.

More than a dozen recipients were announced for the American Book Awards, which have no individual categories. The awards are presented by the Before Columbus Foundation, a nonprofit "educational and service organization" founded in 1976 by author-playwright Ishmael Reed.

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