We are proud to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Book Prize. In alphabetical order by author, the shortlist is:


Sarah Brouillette, UNESCO and the Fate of the Literary (Stanford 2019)


Jean-Christophe Cloutier, Shadow Archives: The Lifecycles of African American Literature (Columbia 2019)


Sophie Cras, The Artist as Economist: Art and Capitalism in the 1960s (Yale 2019)


Darby English, To Describe a Life: Notes from the Intersection of Art and Race Terror (Yale 2019)


Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra, Touched Bodies: The Performative Turn in Latin American Art (Rutgers 2019)


Jennifer Wenzel, The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature (Fordham 2019)


The winner of the 2020 Book Prize will be announced on our listserv and via social media since the conference was canceled due to the pandemic. We also plan to recognize the winner at the 2021 ASAP conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.


The committee for the 2020 Book Prize was: Yogita Goyal (Chair, Professor, African American Studies and English, UCLA), Elise Archias (Associate Professor, Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago), and Kenneth Warren (Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor, English, University of Chicago).