Good Read: The 82nd Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Karan Mahajan & the Professional Book Nerds Podcast


Now in its 82nd year, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards remain the only American book prize focusing on works that address racism and equity. Administered by the Cleveland Foundation, the awards have broadened their horizon in recent years to recognize international works of literature that fit the mission that Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf had in mind when she established the prize in 1935.

Among the quintet of 2017 honorees is Karan Mahajan, whose book, The Association of Small Bombs, was named one of the 10 best titles of 2016 by The New York Times. Just his second novel, Mahajan also received the Bard Fiction Prize for his work detailing how young men invested in forcing change in India choose to air their grievances and how that plays out in the political realm.

As part of the upcoming 2017 Book Week activities, Mahajan will be the featured guest at a live taping of the Professional Book Nerds Podcast with hosts – and OverDrive staff librarians – Jill Grunenwald and Adam Sockel.


Event Information

Friday, Sept. 8 – 1:00 p.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library

South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch

1876 S. Green Rd.

South Euclid, OH 44121


The event is free, but registration is recommended. Visit to reserve your spot today.

For more information on Cleveland Book Week (#CBW2017) and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (#AWBA2017), visit



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*Karan Mahajan Author Photo credit Molly Winters