Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Eagles are excited to announce the longlist nominees for the 2022 BPL Book Prize.

Each year Brooklyn Public Library, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Eagles, honors outstanding works of nonfiction and fiction with a prize given in the fall. Selected by librarians and library staff, who draw on their broad knowledge of literature and the many populations they serve, the BPL Book Prize recognizes writing that captures the spirit of Brooklyn, one of the most socially and culturally diverse communities in the country. The winners receive a $5,000 prize during an awards ceremony hosted by the Brooklyn Eagles in early November.


2022 Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize Longlist

Nonfiction Longlist

The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth Alexander (Grand Central Publishing)

¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons by John Paul Brammer (Simon & Schuster)

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott (Random House)

Punks: New and Selected Poems by John Keene (The Song Cave)

The Hurting Kind: Poems by Ada Limón (Milkweed Editions)

Cost of Living: Essays by Emily Maloney (Henry Holt and Company)

Antiman: A Hybrid Memoir by Rajiv Mohabir (Restless Books)

Fearlessly Different: An Autistic Actor's Journey to Broadway's Biggest Stage by Mickey Rowe (Rowman & Littlefield)

Taste Makers: Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America by Mayukh Sen (W.W. Norton & Company)

Customs: Poems by Solmaz Sharif (Graywolf Press)

Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World by Daniel Sherrell (Penguin Books)

How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith (Little, Brown and Company)

Fiction Longlist

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill (Doubleday)

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (Tordotcom Publishing)

What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J. A. Chancy (Tin House)

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez (Flatiron Books)

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press)

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel (Alfred A. Knopf)

Panpocalypse by Carley Moore (Feminist Press)

Las Biuty Queens by Iván Monalisa Ojeda (Astra House)

Kaikeyi by Vaishnavi Patel (Redhook)

My Volcano by John Elizabeth Stintzi (Two Dollar Radio)

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (Viking)

Siren Queen by Nghi Vo (Tordotcom Publishing)


The Prize Has a New Name!

This Prize has always stood for breaking down barriers and honoring innovative and inventive books. “Literary” is a term that has come to represent an elitist view that may lead to missing out on some amazing titles. In light of this, we are proud to announce that the "Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize" is now the Brooklyn Public Library Book Prize. We hope the new name removes the implication that librarians are arbiters of quality and taste, and instead allows us to celebrate books that mean something to our community.


The Brooklyn Public Library Book 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.

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