The National Book Foundation recognizes scientific writing with a new program and announced the first three authors on Wednesday, Literary Hub reports†
The foundations Science + Literature The program, unveiled last year, aims to “deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology with a focus on work that emphasizes the diversity of voices in scientific writing.” The program, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the New York-based nonprofit, selects three books annually, with each author winning a $10,000 prize.
The inaugural class includes Daisy Hernández, honored for The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease† A critic of Kirkus called the book, which was long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and short-listed for the PEN/Jean Stein Award, “a compelling indictment of our failing healthcare system and the people falling through its ever-widening cracks.” .”
Rachel Pastan has been selected for In the field, her novel about a female geneticist who faces sexism and discrimination in academia. A reviewer for Kirkus praised the book as “gripping and heartfelt.”
Linda Hogan was honored for her poetry collection The radiant life of animals† Hogan is a Lannan Literary Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.
The foundation’s executive director, Ruth Dickey, said in a statement, “We are excited to celebrate these diverse perspectives and inspire conversations about the role of science and technology in our daily lives.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.