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Katherine Boo Wins the 2013 Helen Bernstein Book Award

Journalist and author Katherine Boo has won the New York Public Library’s 2013 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Behind The Beautiful Forevers.

The $15,000 award goes to “journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies.” Boo had this comment as she received the award:

Consistently, the recipients of this award make the argument through their work that you can’t just complain or accept that the American public don’t give a damn about genocide in Rwanda or ruined lives in the inner city … What this award symbolizes to me is that as a journalist working in the field, you have to report harder and work harder, until you make the American public give a damn. That’s what good writing with a capital ‘W’ is. Over the years, the Library has honored some bad-ass women, and has always honored hard-core, fierce reporting.

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Chandrasekaran Wins Johnson Prize

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, an assistant managing editor for the Washington Post, has won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, reports the BBC, pocketing a cool 30,000 pounds in the process. IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY chronicles the chaos and cronyism that characterised the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority’s government of Iraq.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, the Chair of the judges, made the announcement at an awards ceremony held at London’s Savoy Hotel. She commented: “IMPERIAL LIFE IN THE EMERALD CITY is up there with the greatest reportage of the last 50 years – as fine as Hershey on Hiroshima and Capote’s IN COLD BLOOD. The writing is cool, exact and never overstated and in many places very humorous as the jaw-dropping idiocy of the American action is revealed. Chandrasekaran stands back, detached and collected, from his subject but his reader is left gobsmacked, right in the middle of it.”