For immediate release August 13, 2018

2018 Book Awards Short List

 

Christian Gauss, Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science and Ralph Waldo Emerson 'Short Lists' announced

WASHINGTON, DC – The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce the fifteen books, chosen by a panel of experts, that make up the 2018 Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards Short List.

The Society will announce the winning titles on October 1st, 2018. The winning authors will be honored at a gala dinner on December 7th, 2018 in Washington, DC, at The Carnegie Institution for Science.

The Christian Gauss Award

The Christian Gauss Award recognizes books in the field of literary scholarship or criticism. The 2018 Christian Gauss Award short list titles are:

  • At Home in the World, by Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord* (Princeton University Press)
  • Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, by Megan Marshall* (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls (University of Chicago Press)
  • Literary Criticism: A Concise Political History, by Joseph North (Harvard University Press)
  • The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story, by Edwidge Danticat* (Graywolf Press)

The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science

The Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science honors outstanding contributions by scientists to the literature of science, encouraging literate and scholarly interpretations of the physical and biological sciences and mathematics. The 2018 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science short list titles are:

  • A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, by Jennifer A. Doudna (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, by Robert Sapolsky* (Penguin Press)
  • Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, by Jonathan Losos (Riverhead Books)
  • Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone, by Juli Berwald (Riverhead Books)
  • Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams, by Matthew Walker (Scribner)

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award presents scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity, including works in the fields of history, philosophy and religion as well as such fields as anthropology and the social sciences. The 2018 Ralph Waldo Emerson short list titles are:

  • Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919, by Mike Wallace (Oxford University Press)
  • Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Caroline Fraser* (Metropolitan Books)
  • Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia, by Steven Stoll* (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • The Blood of Emmett Till, by Timothy B. Tyson (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship that Shaped Modern Thought, by Dennis C. Rasmussen (Princeton University Press)


Reviews of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst and Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast are featured in the Phi Beta Kappa magazine, The American Scholar.

Reviews of At Home in the WorldElizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, Literary Criticism: A Concise Political HistoryThe Art of Death: Writing the Final StoryA Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control EvolutionBehave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and WorstGreater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of AppalachiaThe Blood of Emmett Till are featured in the Phi Beta Kappa publication, The Key Reporter.

For more information on the Phi Beta Kappa book awards, click here or contact Jen Horneman at jhorneman@pbk.org.
 
*Phi Beta Kappa member

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About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded on Dec. 5, 1776, is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. 

For more information about The Phi Beta Kappa Society, visit www.pbk.org