2017 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Longlist Announced

The Brooklyn Public Library has announced the longlist for its annual literary prize, given to one fiction and one nonfiction title. According to the press release, the winners and nominees were chosen for “subverting literary forms, pushing against established ways of thinking, or otherwise introducing new or challenging ideas.” The press release also noted the importance of librarians to the selection process:

BPL Librarians have always played a central role in determining the prize winners, and their voices will be amplified even more this year. The nominees and longlists are selected by a committee of librarians and the shortlists are determined by two panels comprised of librarians from branches across the borough. Librarians also serve alongside prominent authors and cultural leaders to determine the two winners, who each receive $2,500.

To follow, a list of this year’s nominees, linked to their Booklist reviews when available.

 

Fiction

Black Wave, by Michelle Tea

The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

The Impossible Fairy Tale, by Han Yujoo, translated by Janet Hong

IRL, by Tommy Pico

The Lesser Bohemians, by Eimear McBride

Reputations, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated by Anne McLean

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, by Lesley Nneka Arimah

 

Nonfiction

Age of Anger: A History of the Present, by Pankaj Mishra

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein

Conflict is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair, by Sarah Schulman

Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politicsby Kim Phillips-Fein

Hostage, by Guy Delisle

In the Darkroom, by Susan Faludi

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain, by Phoebe Robinson

 

 

 

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