The New York Society Library’s Cataloging Department recently took a field trip to another membership library,
The New York City Book Awards 2003
Book of the Year
Triangle: The Fire That Changed America by David Von Drehle (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Award for Historical Fiction
The Newsboys' Lodging-House; or, The Confessions of William James by Jon Boorstin (Viking)
Award for Photography
Waterworks: A Photographic Journey Through New York\'s Hidden Water System by Stanley Greenberg (Princeton Architectural Press)
Special Citation of Merit
New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan's Significant Buildings and Landmarks by Christopher Gray and Suzanne Braley (Harry N. Abrams)
The 2003-2004 Book Awards Jury
Constance Rogers Roosevelt, chair; Barbara Cohen, Jules Cohn, Hope Cooke, Joan K. Davidson, Roger Pasquier, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Jonathan Rosen, Daniel M. Rossner, Geoffrey Ward, Wendy Wasserstein
The awards ceremony took place April 28, 2004.
Juror Geoffrey Ward on Triangle:
Urban history at its best: vivid, compelling, meticulously researched. It also provides heartening evidence ... that great good can come from appalling tragedy.
Juror Roger Pasquier on The Newsboys' Lodging-House:
An ambitious and innovative reconstruction... a vivid picture of the roughest and most cultivated aspects of New York in the 1870s.
Juror Joan K. Davidson on Waterworks:
Brings to light the rough beauty of the industrial structure without which we would have no wateróand reminds us of New York's marvelous complexity.
Photographs by David Ortiz.