Today, the National Book Foundation announced its inaugural selected titles for its new Science + Literature program. Supported by a three-year $525,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the program recognizes three books each year and aims to foster an engaged understanding of science and technology, with a specific emphasis on the diversity of voices in science writing. Each selected author will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
This year’s titles include a novel, a memoir, and a book of poetry; they are all written by women and published by independent presses. “These three titles contemplate gaps in the US healthcare system, humans’ relationships to the natural world, and the legacy of a scientist ahead of her time,” said Ruth Dickey, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, in a press release. “We are thrilled to celebrate these diverse perspectives, and inspire conversations around the role of science and technology in our everyday lives.”
Below are the selected titles:
Daisy Hernández, The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease
(Tin House Books)
Linda Hogan, The Radiant Lives of Animals
Rachel Pastan, In the Field