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A Watershed Year for the New York City Book Awards

Friday, May 27, 2022

We were particularly thrilled to welcome the New York City Book Awards back to the Members' Room for a festive presentation and reception on May 19. The year's winners were all in attendance in person, with the exception of Colson Whitehead, who accepted his award via video.

The winning books and authors for 2021-2022 are:


Some glimpses of the awards evening, from left to right:

  • Chair of the Board and New York City Book Awards sponsor Ellen M. Iseman welcomes attendees and speaks about the awards' importance
  • Winner Colson Whitehead accepts his award for Harlem Shuffle
  • Chair of the New York City Book Awards Jury Bianca Calabresi presents the award to C.G. Esperanza
  • C.G. Esperanza speaks about his winning book Boogie Boogie, Y'all

  • Juror Nikhil Iyengar presents the award for Ly Tran's House of Sticks
  • Ms. Tran accepts her award from Mr. Iyengar
  • Debby Applegate talks about the creation of her winning book Madam
  • Ms. Applegate with juror and presenter Tracy Quan

  • C.G. Esperanza inscribes a copy of Boogie Boogie, Y'all for the young readers of the New York Society Library (represented here by Children's & YA Librarian Susan Vincent Molinaro)
  • Jurors Christine Kendall (left) and Gessy Alvarez (right) with winner Ly Tran
  • Winning co-authors Clarence Taylor and Brian Merlis with their book Historic Black Brooklyn
  • Mr. Taylor autographs a copy of Historic Black Brooklyn.

A video of the awards ceremony will be available to stream soon. We congratulate all the winners on the creation of their wonderful New York City books!

Learn more about the awards in general, and past years' awards, here.

The 2021-2022 New York City Book Awards were generously underwritten by Ellen M. Iseman. The 2021-2022 Hornblower Award was generously underwritten by Jenny Lawrence.

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