WASHINGTON, DC, Oct 18 — Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, received the 2019 Grateful American Book Prize for her memoir, “The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor“ [Delacorte Books for Young Readers]. She accepted it Thursday evening at a reception held at Washington DC’s Corcoran School of the Arts And Design.
Honorable Mentions for the 2019 Grateful American Book Prize were also presented to Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Tonya Bolden, co-authors of “Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction And The Dawn Of Jim Crow“ [Scholastic Focus], and to Mike Winchell, for “The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, And The Race To Light The World” [Henry Holt].
The Prize was established to encourage writers and publishers to produce more inspiring, historically accurate books about the personalities and events of America’s past, according to David Bruce Smith who co-founded the award with the late Dr. Bruce Cole. “Our aim is to provide children with a more exciting view of history at a time when much of nation’s youth is bored with it.”
Smith is an education advocate, author and publisher. Dr. Cole was the longest-serving chairman of National Endowment for the Humanities. His tenure lasted from 2001 to 2009.
About the Grateful American Book Prize
The Prize is awarded each year to authors of engaging works of historically accurate fiction and nonfiction offering a way to overcome the history deficit among America’s young learners. The winner receives $13,000, a lifetime pass to the New-York Historical Society, and a medallion created by the American artist, Clarice Smith. Two authors receive an Honorable Mention award that comes with the medallion, and $500. The award’s panel of judges will begin accepting submissions for the 2020 Prize after January 1, 2020. Books published between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020 are eligible.