Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice Shortlist

The Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice has released a list of six titles shortlisted for this year’s second annual award. The Book Prize, named after former Goddard Riverside Executive Director Stephan Russo, celebrates, Goddard Riverside said, "the power of the written word to create change in the name of justice for all."

The list was chosen by a panel of judges including Paul Krugman, New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner; Marcia Cantarella, university administrator and author of a book on college success; Nancy Wackstein, former executive director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York; and Michael Zisser, former CEO of University Settlement and the Door. The panel is chaired by Douglas Bauer, executive director of the Clark Foundation.

The shortlisted works are:

  • Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America by Eliza Griswold (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 
  • High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen (Harper)
  • In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers by Bernice Yeung (The New Press)
  • Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg (Crown)
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, by Virginia Eubanks (St. Martin’s Press)
  • Start Here: A Road Map to Reducing Mass Incarceration, by Greg Berman and Julian Adler (The New Press)

The winner will be announced at Goddard Riverside’s annual gala on October 30 at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall.

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