Gotham Book Prize Announces Inaugural Finalists

The Gotham Book Prize, which honors writing about New York City, has announced the ten finalists for its first annual contest. A jury made up of influential New Yorkers and authors nominated a short list of ten eligible books, including:

  • Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  • The Index of Self-Destructive Acts by Christopher Beha
  • Kings County by David Goodwillie
  • You Again by Debra Jo Immergut
  • The City We Became by N.K Jemisin
  • The Hard Hat Riot: Nixon, New York City, & the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution by David Paul Kuhn
  • Luster by Raven Leilani
  • Deacon King Kong by James McBride
  • Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel
  • Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld

The Gotham Book Prize was created in July 2020 by Bradley Tusk and Howard Wolfson to "support New York City and its arts community by recognizing what makes the city so special as it enters a challenging recovery from Covid-19." The Prize will be awarded annually to a book, fiction or nonfiction, published each calendar year that is either about New York City or takes place in New York City. The first prize will be awarded in March of 2021. The winner will receive $50,000.

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