Finally, a summer reading list that revolves around ‘the most literary borough’, featuring books that are not only fun to read but can teach us more about the place we call home.
Today, the Brooklyn Public Library announced the fiction and nonfiction longlist nominees for the second annual Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, an award bestowed on two Brooklyn authors who artfully portray the borough’s life and culture.
“The award celebrates the authors, booksellers, librarians and readers who have made Brooklyn the most literary borough in America’s most literary city,” said BPL President and CEO Linda E. Johnson.
Thanks to local bookstores for curating a fantastic selection of local authors and submitting books for the Prize, including Community Bookstore, BookCourt, Barnes & Noble (7th Avenue & Court Street), and Greenlight Bookstore.
Featured local writers for the 2016 award include Flatbush-based Caribbean author Naomi Jackson with her debut novel The Star Side of Bird Hill; and Emma Straub for her novel Modern Lovers, which is entirely set in Ditmas Park and stuffed with local references (there’s even a blog that covers the local beat!)
The nonfiction longlist includes local gems like An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians, a historical account by Paul Moses. Moses is a seasoned journalist and professor at Brooklyn College who has, incidentally, taught a few of our editors at Corner Media Group.
Joseph Alexiou’s Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal was also nominated — and well deserved — based on Donny Levit’s feature on our sister site Park Slope Stoop, which colors Alexiou as a multi-layered author, tour guide, and neighborhood historian.
The two winners, one fiction and one nonfiction, will be announced at the Brooklyn Eagles Fundraiser event in September, and awarded $2,500.