Activist Susan Burton wins social justice book prize
NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Burton’s memoir about her rise from inmate to advocate for ex-convicts has won a new literary prize.
Burton’s “Becoming Mrs. Burton” is the inaugural winner of the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice. The award, announced Wednesday night at the annual Goddard Riverside Book Fair gala, is named for and inspired by former Goddard executive director Stephan Russo.
Other nominees included James Forman’s “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” Michelle Kuo’s “Reading With Patrick,” Richard Reeves’ “Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It” and Ron Powers’ “No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America.”