Lit Prize

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

The recipients of the 2018 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, presented by the Brooklyn Eagles, were announced on Monday, October 22, 2018. Jeanne Theoharis was awarded the 2018 Nonfiction Prize for A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History (Beacon Press) and Carmen Maria Machado as the 2018 Fiction & Poetry Prize recipient for her short collection Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf Press). 

Each year Brooklyn Public Library, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Eagles, recognizes outstanding works of nonfiction and fiction with a prize given in the fall. Theoharis and Machado will accept their awards, which come with a $5,000 prize, on Friday, November 2 at the Brooklyn Classic, the signature fundraising event of the Brooklyn Eagles. 

Nominations for the 2018 prize were made by librarians throughout BPL’s 59 branches. The selection committee was comprised of eight librarians – specializing in fields ranging from adult literature, business and career services, and historical collections – and two members of the Brooklyn Eagles.

Read the full 2018 BPL Literary Prize press release here


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. 

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