NEW YORK (AP) – Books on Silicon Valley, the criminal justice system and the 2015 massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina are among the finalists for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.
The $10,000 award, announced Tuesday by the Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, is named for the late author and investigative journalist.
The nominees are Jennifer Berry Hawes’ â€œGrace Will Lead Us Home: The Charleston Church Massacre and the Hard, Inspiring Journey to Forgiveness,” Emily Bazelon’s â€œCharged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration,” Jodie Adams Kirshner’s â€œBroke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises,” Alex Kotlowitz’s â€œAn American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago” and Margaret O’Mara’s â€œThe Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America.””
The Columbia Journalism School and the Nieman Foundation announced shortlists for two other prizes.
Finalists for the $25,000 Lukas Work-in-Progress Awards (two authors will be chosen) were Bartow J. Elmore’s â€œSeed Money,” Shahan Mufti’s â€œAmerican Caliph,” Michelle Nijhuis’ â€œBeloved Beasts,” Sarah Schulman’s â€œLet the Record Show” and Lawrence Tabak’s â€œFoxconned.”
For the $10,000 Mark Lynton History Prize, nominees were Carrie Gibson’s â€œEl Norte,” Kerri K. Greenidge’s â€œBlack Radical,” Pekka Hamalainen’s â€œLakota America,â€ Daniel Immerwahr’s â€œHow to Hide an Empire” and Brendan Simms’ â€œHitler.”
Winners will be announced March 18. The prizes were established in 1998 to honor â€œexcellence in nonfiction that exemplifies … literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern.” Previous winners include Samantha Power, David Maraniss and Jane Mayer.