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Join the Brooklyn Public Library & the Brooklyn Eagles to celebrate The 2020 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize Shortlist Finalists.

         NONFICTION FINALISTS
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir 
By Saeed Jones 
SIMON & SCHUSTER 
10/8/2019 
An award-winning poet's coming-of-age memoir tells the intimate story of an identity shaped by race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief.

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier 
By Ian Urbina 
KNOPF (Penguin Random House) 
8/20/2019 
Through immersive reporting that reads like an adventure story, a journalist reveals how today's oceans have become a haven for crime and exploitation.

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code 
By Ruha Benjamin 
POLITY 
7/23/2019 
Our cutting-edge apps and algorithms are built with biases that reinforce white supremacy and deepen social inequity, a sociologist argues in an eye-opening account of how the tech industry operates.

        FICTION & POETRY FINALISTS
The Deep 
By Rivers Solomon (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
GALLERY/SAGA PRESS (Simon & Schuster) 
11/5/2019 
The descendants of Africans thrown overboard from slave ships have built their own underwater society, in this story inspired by the song "The Deep" from Daveed Digg's rap group clipping.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous 
By Ocean Vuong 
PENGUIN 
6/4/2019 
A young writer composes a confessional letter to his Vietnamese mother, who cannot read, to name the unspoken traumas his immigrant family brought to their American home.

This is How You Lose The Time War 
By Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone 
GALLERY/SAGA PRESS (Simon & Schuster) 
7/16/2019 
Two time travelers, on opposing sides in an endless conflict, forge a connection through the letters they leave behind for each other.

Please register for this free Zoom event. Registered audience members will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. The nominated titles can be ordered from our partner Greenlight Books here, for shipping to your home or in-store pickup.

The Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize presented by the Brooklyn Eagles is generously underwritten by the Peck Stacpoole Foundation.

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