The 10 finalists for the Gotham Book Prize have been announced, with Torrey Peters, Colson Whitehead and Kaitlyn Greenidge among the authors in the running for the $50,000 literary prize.
This is the second year for the award, given to an outstanding book about New York City, or set in the five boroughs.
Peters made the shortlist for her novel Detransition baby, who is also a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle. whitehead’s Harlem Shufflea Kirkus Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, also made the cut.
Greenidge was named a finalist for freedomtogether with Zakiya Dalila Harris for The other black girlNatalie Standiford for Astrid sees everythingElisabet Velasquez for When we make itand Jim Lewis for Ghosts of New York†
Three non-fiction books made the shortlist: New York, New York: four decades of success, excess and transformation by Tom Dyja, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City by Andrea Elliott, and Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993 by Sarah Schulman.
The Gotham Book Prize was created by philanthropists Bradley Tusk and Howard Wolfson. It was awarded to James McBride last year for his novel Deacon King Kong† The winner of this year’s prize will be announced in March.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.