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The Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize honors two books that exemplify the Library’s mission of addressing the urgent social, political, and artistic issues of our time. The nominated and winning titles 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.

Please join us as we announce this year’s winners live during the event!

NonFiction Finalists:

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir, Saeed Jones, Simon & Schuster

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier, Ian Urbina, Knopf (Penguin Random House)

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, Ruha Benjamin, Polity

Fiction & Poetry Finalists:

The Deep, by Rivers Solomon (with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes), GALLERY/SAGA PRESS (Simon & Schuster)

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong, Penguin

This is How You Lose The Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, Gallery/Saga Press (Simon & Schuster)

The Literary Prize Celebration takes place after the 7pm Cocktail Fundraiser as part of the Brooklyn Classic 2020 Virtual Fall Benefit presented by the Brooklyn Eagles. Click here to learn more about the Cocktail Fundraiser and to purchase tickets.

The 2020 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, presented by the Brooklyn Eagles, is generously supported by the Peck Stacpoole Foundation.

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