NEW YORK (AP) — His first novel in biochemistry, a chapbook focused on Hawaiian volcanoes, and an exploration of China’s rural policy won awards for its blend of literary quality and scientific insight.
The National Book Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which administer the National Book Awards, announced Wednesday the second annual list of winners. The author will receive $10,000 from the Science + Literature program.
The winner is Brandon Taylor’s first novel, Real Life, which asks questions about whether queer black college students would pursue a career in science. Sabrina Imbler’s booklet “Dyke (geology)”, her coming out story about nature where stars can actually collide, and Xiaowei Wang’s “Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside”.
“These deeply engaging works illustrate the many ways science and technology permeate our everyday lives, from narratives and real-life experiences rooted in science journalism to fictional stories rich in scientific understanding. in a statement. “The titles selected this year will no doubt contribute to the national conversation about the importance of diverse scientific papers and offer something for readers of all kinds.”
The Science + Literature program is funded by a three-year, $525,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Foundation sponsors Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer, “American Prometheus,” and Margot Lee Shetterley’s Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Space Race. The untold story of a black female mathematician who helped win the