The Christian Gauss Award
The Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science
Ralph Waldo Emerson Award
The Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards
About the Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards
are given annually to outstanding scholarly books published in the United States. Winning works, which are drawn from the fields of the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences and mathematics, must be of broad interest and accessible to the general reader. Each award carries a $10,000 prize and acceptance at the Annual Book Awards Dinner.
The winners were selected by panels of experts who reviewed five short-listed titles in each of the three award categories. See the 2018 Short List
Book Awards Dinner
The Book Awards Dinner was held at the Carnegie Insitution for Science on December 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. ΦΒΚ Secretary/CEO Frederick M. Lawrence was the evening's master of ceremony and discussion moderator. Participating in a lively Q&A session were Mike Wallace, author of Greater Gotham: A Histroy of New York City from 1898 to 1919
, and Dr. Laura Dassow Walls author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life
. Dr. Gregory Petsko, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Award for Science selection panel, stood in for Dr. Robert Sapolsky, author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
. You can watch the discussion below.
Book Reviews and Excerpts