Carla Kaplan, a pro­fessor of Amer­ican lit­er­a­ture at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, is the 2014 winner of the Boston Authors Club’s Julia Ward Howe Award for “Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renais­sance” (Harper­Collins). “Miss Anne” is a term applied to white women who played a role in the Harlem Renais­sance, some of them as phil­an­thropists or edi­tors. Howe, an abo­li­tionist who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” was a cofounder in 1899 of the club. The annual award rec­og­nizes lit­erary achieve­ment by a Boston area author.

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