BPL announces new literary prize

The Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will team up with borough bookstores this summer to award Brooklyn authors with the inaugural Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, Library leadership announced on Thursday, July 30.

“Brooklyn has inspired generations of America’s finest writers, from Walt Whitman to Gregory Pardlo,” said Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson. “The Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, like the library itself, recognizes established authors and rising stars who express the spirit of Brooklyn in vivid, compelling prose.”

With 15 fiction and 14 nonfiction nominations, the annual prize will be awarded to authors who have lived in Brooklyn, portrayed the borough in their work or addressed themes relevant to its life and culture.

The prize was created by the Brooklyn Eagles, a group of young professionals who volunteer their time and raise funds for the BPL.

For a full list of nominees, visit www.bklynlibrary.org/brooklyneagles.

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