Anand Giridharadas Wins 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

anandgJournalist Anand Giridharadas has won the New York Public Library’s 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Giridharadas received the honor for his work, The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, published by W.W. Norton and Company. The book chronicles the stories of two men: a white supremacist who went on a killing spree in Texas after 9/11 and a Muslim immigrant that survived the experience, and went on to help the killer survive death row. The New York Times columnist was given the award on May 26 at a ceremony at the library.

A Bernstein Selection Committee, chaired by journalist Jim Hoge, chose Giridharadas from a shortlist of five finalists. A seven-member Library Review Committee received and read more than 70 nominations from publishers for the award.