3 Authors Win J. Anthony Lukas Prizes

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By: E&P Staff

Books by Evan Wright and Richard Steven Street and a work-in-progress by Joan Quigley have won this year?s awards from the Lukas Prize Project at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, announced this afternoon.

The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 3, at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Wright won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for his book on his experience covering the Iraq war, “Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War” (Putnam Publishing Group). Street won the Mark Lynton History Prize for “Beasts of the Field: A Narrative History of California Farmworkers, 1769-1913” (Stanford University Press). Both will receive $10,000.

Quigley received the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for her forthcoming Random House book “Home Fires,” on the old mining town of Centralia, Pa., which sits atop an underground fire burning for four decades. This award carries a $30,000 prize.

The prizes were established in 1998 in the name of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and author J. Anthony Lukas. They recognize excellence in nonfiction writing, and they’re sponsored by the family of the late Mark Lynton, a historian and senior executive at the firm Hunter Douglas in the Netherlands.

Winners were chosen from 360 submissions, the largest ever in the history of the awards.

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