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.