The Robert B. Silvers Foundation has announced the winners of the first-ever Silvers-Dudley Awards, presented each year in recognition of outstanding achievements in literary criticism, art writing and journalism.
The foundation announced three winners in the field of long-term literary criticism: Elaine Blair, Merve Emre and Becca Rothfeld. All three critics have published widely, in publications including the New York Times†
The writers who took home awards for excellence in art writing were Vinson Cunningham of the New YorkerJason Farago of the New York Timesand Renaissance art expert Ingrid Rowland.
The winners of the journalism awards were Mexican reporter and author Alma Guillermoprieto, London-based columnist Nesrine Malik and essayist Thomas Meaney.
This is the first year for the awards, presented by the charity founded by and named after the late Silvers, who co-founded and co-edited the New York Review of Booksand his wife, Grace, Countess of Dudley.
Foundation Director Daniel Mendelsohn said, “These awards lavishly reward a type of writing that has long been undervalued in the economics of literary awards—prolonged critique, the intellectual essay, and art writing—along with the penetrating journalism Bob nurtured at the New York Review† In his will, Bob stated that the Foundation makes an effort to “support writers”; with these new awards, we like to think we are doing just that.”
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.