EVICTED Author Matthew Desmond Wins 2016 Discover Great New Writers Nonfiction Award

evictedBarnes & Noble announced the winners of its 2016 Discover Great New Writers Awards and Matthew Desmond won the nonfiction honor for EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Crown/Broadway).  He was awarded a cash prize of $30,000 and will receive a full year of marketing and merchandising support from the bookseller.

This year’s second-place winners were Yaa Gyasi for HOMEGOING (Alfred A. Knopf) in fiction, and Hope Jahren for LAB GIRL (Alfred A. Knopf) in nonfiction. Each runner-up writer was awarded a $15,000 cash prize.

Congratulations to our authors, their editors and publishers.

Yaa Gyasi and Hope Jahren

Yaa Gyasi and Hope Jahren

The Discover Great New Writers Awards are presented annually in recognition of literary excellence. The six finalists were chosen by two panels of noted authors from the 42 titles handpicked by Barnes & Noble booksellers for the Discover Great New Writers program in 2016.

Previous winners of the annual Discover Awards include a number of Penguin Random House authors, among them: Mia Alvar for IN THE COUNTRY: Stories (Vintage) and Jill Leovy for GHETTOSIDE: A True Story of Murder in America (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), both in 2015; Evie Wyld for ALL THE BIRDS, SINGING (Vintage) for 2014; Anthony Marra for A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA (Hogarth) and Justin St. Germain for SON OF A GUN (Random House), both in 2013.

Additional information about the 2016 Discover Award program, winners and judges can be found at

Posted: March 1, 2017