Colson Whitehead Wins 2024 Gotham Book Prize

Crook Manifesto by Colson Whitehead has won this year's Gotham Book Prize, which comes with a $50,000 purse. The prize will be awarded on June 5 at Queens Public Library’s annual gala. 

"Crook Manifesto is a portrait of a man, but also his city,” Whitehead said in a statement. “Capturing the dynamism of my hometown and its crazy citizens is at the heart of the project, so I can't express how lovely it is for the book to be recognized by the Gotham Book Prize."

The annual award was launched in the early months of the pandemic, to encourage writing about New York City, by venture capitalist and P&T Knitwear bookstore founder Bradley Tusk and former Deputy Mayor of New York City for governmental affairs Howard Wolfson. Previous winners include Deacon King Kong by James McBride, Invisible Child by Andrea Elliott, The Sewing Girl’s Tale by John Wood Sweet, and Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana.

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