Gotham Book Prize Announces Eleven Finalists for Annual $50,000 Prize
Gotham Book Prize Announces Eleven Finalists
The Gotham Book Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best book set in or about New York City
Previous winners include Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott (2022) and Deacon King Kong by James McBride (2021)
NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Gotham Book Prize, an annual award first created in the early months of the pandemic to encourage and honor writing about New York City, announced eleven finalists for the 2023 prize today. A jury made up of leading New Yorkers and authors will select the third annual winner in the coming months, who will be awarded a $50,000 prize this spring at an event at P&T Knitwear, a new independent bookstore on the Lower East Side.
Activities of Daily Living, Lisa Hsiao Chen
An Honest Living, Dwyer Murphy
Big Girl, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan
Didn’t Nobody Give a Shit What Happened to Carlotta, James Hannaham
Olga Dies Dreaming, Xochitl Gonzalez
Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion, Bushra Rehman
The Deceptions, Jill Bialosky
The Sewing Girl’s Tale, John Wood Sweet
Stories from the Tenants Downstairs, Sidik Fofana
Three Muses, Martha Anne Toll
Trust, Hernan Diaz
“There’s no other city that has the diversity, vibrancy, and culture of New York, and the Gotham Book Prize is once again going to honor an author who has captured the remarkable character of our city,” said Gotham Book Prize co-founders Bradley Tusk and Howard Wolfson. “While the darkest days of the pandemic are behind us, our cultural community is still recovering. By highlighting these eleven outstanding books and awarding one author a $50,000 prize, we hope to support and encourage even more writers to share the unique stories of our city in the years to come.”
The Gotham Book Prize was created in mid-2020 by Bradley Tusk — the founder of P&T Knitwear — and Howard Wolfson to recognize the culture that has made New York City special for generations and to uplift the creative community during the challenging early months of the pandemic.
The Gotham Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book published that calendar year — either fiction or nonfiction — that either is about New York City or takes place in New York City. Deacon King Kong by James McBride was selected as the first annual Gotham Book Prize winner in April 2021. Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott was selected as the second winner in April 2022. This year, the jury will select one winner and the $50,000 prize will be awarded in spring 2023 at P&T Knitwear, where all of the finalist books can be purchased.
The jury of leading New Yorkers and authors that will select the award’s winner, include:
Anna Akbari, writer, entrepreneur and sociologist
Ric Burns, documentarian and filmmaker
Stephanie Danler, novelist and memoirist
Dr. Christina Greer, Fordham University professor and political scientist
Patricia Park, American University professor, and novelist
Melissa Rivero, novelist
Safiya Sinclair, poet
Bradley Tusk, CEO of Tusk Holdings and founder of P&T Knitwear
Dennis Walcott, Queens Public Library CEO and former NYC Schools Chancellor
Julie Wernersbach, General Manager of P&T Knitwear
Howard Wolfson, Education program lead of Bloomberg Philanthropies
Howard Wolfson works for Bloomberg Philanthropies, serving as its Education program lead, and also runs former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Super PAC. Bradley Tusk is a venture capitalist, political strategist, philanthropist, and writer. The two became friends while working on Mayor Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign. In May 2022, Tusk opened a new independent bookstore and NYC’s only free podcast studio, P&T Knitwear, on the Lower East Side, named after a 1950s garment shop operated by his grandfather on Allen Street after surviving the Holocaust and and immigrating from a displaced persons camp in Germany.
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