2021 Finalists

Judges

Tamara Payne · Diane Smith · Tom Nolan

Adam Schiff - Midnight In Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could
Andrea Elliott - Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

Current Interest

Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

Andrea Elliott

Random House

Heather McGhee - The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
Reuben Jonathan Miller - Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

Current Interest

Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration

Reuben Jonathan Miller

Little, Brown and Company

Evan Osnos - Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

Current Interest

Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

Evan Osnos

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Judges

Erin Aubrey Kaplan · Bill Boyarsky · Celeste Fremon

Véronique Tadjo - In the Company of Men

Fiction

In the Company of Men

Véronique Tadjo

Other Press

Mariana Enriquez Translated by Megan McDowell - The Dangers of Smoking In Bed: Stories

Fiction

The Dangers of Smoking In Bed: Stories

Mariana Enriquez Translated by Megan McDowell

Hogarth

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh - American Estrangement: Stories

Fiction

American Estrangement: Stories

Saïd Sayrafiezadeh

W. W. Norton & Company

Claire Vaye Watkins - I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness: A
      Novel

Fiction

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness: A Novel

Claire Vaye Watkins

Riverhead Books

Joy Williams - Harrow: A Novel

Fiction

Harrow: A Novel

Joy Williams

Knopf

Judges

Jenny McPhee · Melissa Chadburn · Rick Whitaker

Jackie Polzin - Brood: A Novel

Art Seidenbaum Award

Brood: A Novel

Jackie Polzin

Doubleday

Natasha Brown - Assembly

Art Seidenbaum Award

Assembly

Natasha Brown

Little, Brown and Company

Thomas Grattan - The Recent East

Art Seidenbaum Award

The Recent East

Thomas Grattan

MCD

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson - My Monticello: Fiction

Art Seidenbaum Award

My Monticello: Fiction

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson

Henry Holt & Company

Benjamín Labatut Translated by Adrian Nathan West - When We Cease to Understand the World

Art Seidenbaum Award

When We Cease to Understand the World

Benjamín Labatut Translated by Adrian Nathan West

New York Review Books

Art Seidenbaum was the founder of the Book Prizes. At The Times from 1962 until his death in 1990, Seidenbaum was successively a columnist, book editor and opinion editor. The award recognizing debut works of fiction, was established in his honor in 1991.

Judges

Jenny McPhee · Melissa Chadburn · Rick Whitaker

R. Kikuo Johnson - No One Else

Graphic Novel/Comics

No One Else

R. Kikuo Johnson

Fantagraphics

Michael DeForge - Heaven No Hell

Graphic Novel/Comics

Heaven No Hell

Michael DeForge

Drawn & Quarterly

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim Translated by Janet Hong - The Waiting

Graphic Novel/Comics

The Waiting

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim Translated by Janet Hong

Drawn & Quarterly

Hiromi Goto & Ann Xu (Illustrator) - Shadow Life

Graphic Novel/Comics

Shadow Life

Hiromi Goto & Ann Xu (Illustrator)

First Second

Lee Lai - Stone Fruit

Graphic Novel/Comics

Stone Fruit

Lee Lai

Fantagraphics

Judges

Sloane Leong · Joel Christian Gill · Cathy G. Johnson

Ada Ferrer - Cuba: An American History

History

Cuba: An American History

Ada Ferrer

Scribner

Mia Bay - Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance

History

Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance

Mia Bay

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Mae Ngai - The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

History

The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics

Mae Ngai

W. W. Norton & Company

Olivette Otele - African Europeans: An Untold History

History

African Europeans: An Untold History

Olivette Otele

Basic Books

Alaina E. Roberts - I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on
      Native Land

History

I've Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land

Alaina E. Roberts

University of Pennsylvania Press

Judges

Anna-Lisa Cox · Laurent Dubois · Martha S. Jones

Megan Abbott - The Turnout: A Novel

Mystery/Thriller

The Turnout: A Novel

Megan Abbott

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Michael Connelly - The Dark Hours

Mystery/Thriller

The Dark Hours

Michael Connelly

Little, Brown and Company

S.A. Cosby - Razorblade Tears: A Novel

Mystery/Thriller

Razorblade Tears: A Novel

S.A. Cosby

Flatiron Books

Alison Gaylin - The Collective: A Novel

Mystery/Thriller

The Collective: A Novel

Alison Gaylin

William Morrow

Silvia Moreno-Garcia - Velvet Was the Night

Mystery/Thriller

Velvet Was the Night

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Del Rey Books

Judges

Paula Woods · Alex Segura · Oline Cogdill

Diane Seuss - frank: sonnets

Poetry

frank: sonnets

Diane Seuss

Graywolf Press

CM Burroughs - Master Suffering

Poetry

Master Suffering

CM Burroughs

Tupelo Press

Rita Dove - Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems

Poetry

Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems

Rita Dove

W. W. Norton & Company

Martín Espada - Floaters: Poems

Poetry

Floaters: Poems

Martín Espada

W. W. Norton & Company

Mai Der Vang - Yellow Rain: Poems

Poetry

Yellow Rain: Poems

Mai Der Vang

Graywolf Press

Judges

Cyrus Cassells · Adriana Ramirez · Tyehimba Jess

Zen Cho - Spirits Abroad: Stories

Ray Bradbury Prize

Spirits Abroad: Stories

Zen Cho

Small Beer Press

Ryka Aoki - Light From Uncommon Stars

Ray Bradbury Prize

Light From Uncommon Stars

Ryka Aoki

Tor Books

Mariana Enriquez Translated by Megan McDowell - The Dangers of Smoking In Bed: Stories

Ray Bradbury Prize

The Dangers of Smoking In Bed: Stories

Mariana Enriquez Translated by Megan McDowell

Hogarth

Marissa Levien - The World Gives Way: A Novel

Ray Bradbury Prize

The World Gives Way: A Novel

Marissa Levien

Redhook

Rivers Solomon - Sorrowland: A Novel

Ray Bradbury Prize

Sorrowland: A Novel

Rivers Solomon

MCD

The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation, honors and extends Bradbury’s literary legacy by celebrating and elevating the writers working in his field today. Bradbury always made his own rules, writing across specific genre boundaries throughout his career.


 

Judges

Gwenda Bond · Megan Giddings · Veronica Roth

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein - The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred

Science & Technology

The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams
Deferred

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Bold Type Books

Katharine Hayhoe - Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and
      Healing in a Divided World

Science & Technology

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided
World

Katharine Hayhoe

One Signal Publishing

Emma Marris - Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World

Science & Technology

Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World

Emma Marris

Bloomsbury Publishing

Meghan O'Gieblyn - God, Human, Animal, Machine: Technology, Metaphor,
      and the Search for Meaning
Scott Weidensaul - A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

Science & Technology

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds

Scott Weidensaul

W. W. Norton & Company

Judges

Erika Check Hayden · Betsy Mason · Adam Mann

Rita Williams-Garcia - A Sitting in St. James

Young Adult Literature

A Sitting in St. James

Rita Williams-Garcia

Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins Children's Books

Darcie Little Badger - A Snake Falls to Earth

Young Adult Literature

A Snake Falls to Earth

Darcie Little Badger

Levine Querido

Malinda Lo - Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Young Adult Literature

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Malinda Lo

Dutton Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers

Kekla Magoon - Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's
      Promise to the People

Young Adult Literature

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People

Kekla Magoon

Candlewick Press

Paula Yoo - From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement

Judges

Christopher A. Brown · Renee Roberson Tecco · Sharon Levin

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Poetry Judge, Cyrus Cassells

Author Jason Reynolds accepting the YA Prize for Long Way Down