New York, July 23
A brand new literary award with a USD 50,000 money prize will honour these greatest at telling a New York story.
The Gotham Literary Prize, introduced Thursday, got here out of a dialog between businessman-philanthropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson, who informed The Associated Press that they first considered the award final 12 months and noticed a renewed urgency for it after the unfold of the coronavirus.
“It occurred to us that this would be an opportune moment to do something like this, to support writers writing about New York, and to support the arts in New York,” stated Wolfson, who befriended Tusk when each have been engaged on the 2009 re-election marketing campaign of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Wolfson and Tusk are funding the prize themselves and have dedicated to not less than 10 years.
Starting subsequent spring, the award will probably be introduced to a e book, fiction or nonfiction, printed in a given calendar 12 months that’s about New York City or takes place there.
Celebrated works of the previous that may have match that class embody Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker,” Tom Wolfe’s “The Bonfire of the Vanities” and Toni Morrison’s “Jazz.”
Jurors for the Gotham prize embody filmmaker Ric Burns, poet Safina Sinclair and former New York City colleges chancellor Dennis Walcott. The deadline for submissions for the 2020 prize is November 1. AP