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Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism 2015


The New York Public Library has announced the 2015 finalists for the Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence in Journalism. The books were chosen by a seven-member Library Review Committee, which received over 75 nominations from publishers for books published in 2014.  The winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee chaired by James F. Hoge and announced May 26, 2015 (Press Release).

The finalists are:

Listen to the finalists talk about their work.​

About the Award

Since 1988 the annual award, which includes a $15,000 cash prize, has been given to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. Previous winners of the award include Katherine Boo, Ellen E. Schultz, Shane Harris, David Finkel, Jane Mayer, Lawrence Wright. Dan Fagin won in 2014 for his book Toms River—see the press release and video and photo gallery of last year's event.

The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism was established through a gift from Joseph Frank Bernstein, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein (now Helen Bernstein Fealy).