2021 Book Awards Event

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Celebrate the 2021 Book Awards Winners at a virtual event hosted by the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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The Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards are given annually to outstanding scholarly books published in the United States. Winning works, which are drawn from the fields of the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and mathematics, must be of broad interest and accessible to the general reader.

The Book Awards Event gives Phi Beta Kappa members an opportunity to hear remarks by these winning authors as well as participate with a panel discussion with the authors and Phi Beta Kappa Secretary/CEO Frederick M. Lawrence. This year the event is free and open to all.

Join us as we honor the following authors and books:

The Christian Gauss Award: My Autobiography of Carson McCullers by Jenn Shapland, Tin House Books

Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science: The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World by Sarah Stewart Johnson, Crown

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Award: South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice Baumgartner, Basic Books

Receive priority access, a copy of a winning publication, and other benefits throughout the year by joining the Secretary's Circle.

For more information on the Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards please visit:

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Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 41 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit

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