Longlist Nominees

Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Eagles are proud to announce the shortlist nominees of the 2018 BPL Literary Prize:

The shortlist for the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, presented by the Brooklyn Eagles, were announced Tuesday, September 11, 2018. The lists were compiled by a panel of BPL librarians, drawing not only on their expertise with traditional literature and contemporary writing but also on their knowledge of the patrons they work with every day. The Prize is one of only a few major literary prizes awarded by a public library system and selected by a panel of librarians.

The 2018 shortlist selections include two debut short story collections, a book of poetry, and two memoirs. Read more about the books that were selected as longlist nominees. 

In tackling complex social, political, and spiritual questions, the nominees mirror the vast collections of the Library, spanning different experiences, geographies, and generations.


The Literary Prize Eagles Committee

Charles Duhigg and Ashley Mihlebach, Co-Chairs

2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist

Nonfiction

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis (Beacon Press)

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

The line becomes a river: dispatches from the border by Francisco Cantú (Penguin Random House)

Fiction & Poetry

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)

Her Body and Other Parties  by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

Sour Heart  by Jenny Zhang (Penguin Random House (Lenny imprint))


2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Longlist

Nonfiction

A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History by Jeanne Theoharis (Beacon Press)

Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America by Vegas Tenold (Nation Books)

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

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers (Crown Publishing Group (NY))

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Seal Press)

The bridge: How the Roeblings Connected Brooklyn to New York by Peter Tomasi and Sara DuVall (Abrams ComicArts)

The line becomes a river: dispatches from the border by Francisco Cantú (Penguin Random House)

The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison (Little, Brown and Co.)

 

Fiction & Poetry

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith (Graywolf Press)

Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing (Haymarket)

Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Atlantic)

Her Body and Other Parties  by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

Sour Heart  by Jenny Zhang (Penguin Random House (Lenny imprint))

The Answers by Catherine Lacey (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)

The King is always above the people by Daniel Alarcon (Riverhead Books)

The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat (Henry Holt and Co.)

The Sarah book  by Scott McClanahan (Tyrant Books)

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons (Viking)

The Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize was established in 2015 by the Brooklyn Eagles, a group of young and engaged Brooklynites who are passionate about Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and work to engage new patrons, promote the Library as a cultural center, and build a vibrant community around the resources the library offers.

Last year’s fiction and poetry winner was Tommy Pico for IRL (Birds, LLC). Richard Rothstein was the Nonfiction Prize recipient for The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Liveright Publishing).

The 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize is generously supported by the Peck Stacpoole Foundation.

The winners will be celebrated at The Brooklyn Classic, the annual fundraising event of the Brooklyn Eagles, on November 2 at Park Slope Library. 

close navigation