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The 2017 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism


The New York Public Library is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2017. Check back in mid-February for our announcement of the 2017 finalists for this prestigious award.

Since 1988, the annual award has been given to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. In 2016 Jill Leovy won for her groundbreaking work, Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America, which addresses broad issues of history, race, violence, and justice. Previous Bernstein Award winners include Anand Giridharadas, Dan Fagin, Katherine Boo, Ellen E. Schultz, Shane Harris, and David Finkel.

More About the Award

2016 winner Jill Leovy

Each year, finalists for the Bernstein Award are selected by an eight-member Library Review Committee. Winners are chosen by a separate Bernstein Selection Committee. The award was established through a gift from Joseph Frank Bernstein, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein Fealy. The family has also endowed the position of the Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals & Journals, who curates The New York Public Library’s internationally-renowned Periodicals collection—one of the largest collections of past and present newspapers, magazines, and more in the world. The position is currently held by librarian Karen Gisonny.

View the photo gallery of the 2016 event and read the press release. You can also learn more about the 2016 finalists and listen to interviews with the authors.

Jill Leovy Wins 2016 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism
May 18, 2016

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