2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Winners

On Friday, November 2, at the annual Brooklyn Classic fundraising event, the winners of the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize accepted their awards for excellence in fiction/poetry and nonfiction. The award comes with a $5,000 prize. The winners were originally announced on October 22. Nominations were selected from librarians in all 59 libraries in the BPL system. Eight librarians and two Brooklyn Eagle members on the selection committee then awarded the shortlist and winners. Booklist reviews are linked for the shortlisted and winning titles when available.

Fiction & Poetry


Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado


Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems, by Danez Smith

Sour Heart, by Jenny Zhang




A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History, by Jeanne Theoharis


Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, by Francisco Cantú



About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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