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2017 Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards Short List

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the fifteen books that make up the 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards Short List:

The Christian Gauss Award

Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination, by Vaughn Rasberry

Or Orwell: Writing and Democratic Socialism , by Alex Woloch

Renunciation: Acts of Abandonment by Writers, Philosophers, and Artists, by Ross Posnock

A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century, by Jerome Charyn

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin

The Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science

Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space, by Janna Levin

The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Really Works and Why it Matters, by Sean B. Carroll

The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, by Cathy O’Neil

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award

An Iron Wind: Europe Under Hitler, by Peter Fritzsche

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America, by Elizabeth Hinton

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, by Viet Than Nguyen

Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present, by Erin L. Thompson

Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea, by Mitchell Duneier

The Society will announce the winning titles on October 2, 2017.


The winning authors will be honored at a gala dinner on December 1, 2017 in Washington, DC, at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. Please contact jhorneman@pbk.org if you are interested in attending.


(Posted on 8/16/2017 )