Brooklyn Public Library Announces 2021 Longlist for Seventh Annual Prize

Brooklyn Public Library has announced the longlists for the 2021 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for fiction/poetry and nonfiction, one of the few literary prizes in the United States awarded by a public library system. Shortlists will be announced in early fall, and winners will be selected in November to receive a $5,000 prize.

The longlists are as follows:


  • How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community by Mia Birdsong (Hachette Go)
  • Pedro's Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land by Marcos Gonsalez (Melville House)
  • We Do This 'til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba (Haymarket Books)
  • Under A White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert (Crown)
  • Vibrate Higher: A Rap Story by Talib Kweli (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (Bold Type)
  • Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free: And Other Paradoxes of Our Broken Legal System by Jed S. Rakoff (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Better, not Bitter: living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice by Yusef Salaam (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith (Penguin Books)
  • New Yorkers: A City and its People in Our Time by Craig Taylor (Norton & Company)
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House)


  • The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser (Graywolf Press)
  • Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour (HMH Books)
  • When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole (William Morrow)
  • Love and Other Poems by Alex Dimitrov (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Un-American by Hafizah Geter (Wesleyan University Press)
  • Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge (Workman Publishing)
  • Luster by Raven Leilani (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • We Are Watching Eliza Bright by A.E. Osworth(Grand Central Publishing)
  • Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters (Penguin Random House)
  • 100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell (MCD x FSG Originals)
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Tor)
  • The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton (Simon & Schuster)

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