Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
77 Forest Street
Hartford, CT 06105
With sincere excitement, the Stowe Center announces Dr. Ruha Benjamin our 2023 Stowe Prize Winner, author of Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want (Princeton Press, 2022), a profound call to action to reckon with the many injustices that shape our world.
Born of a stubborn hopefulness, Viral Justice offers a passionate, inspiring, and practical vision of how small changes can add up to large ones, transforming our relationships and communities, and helping us build a more just and joyful world.
“This is an openhearted, multilayered work that vibrates with ideas on ways to make a new world out of the interlocking crises of COVID-19 and racial capitalism. Progress may be a “tear-soaked mirage,” as Benjamin writes, yet her book is far from devoid of a sense of humor or hope, full of ways to “live poetically” while remaking the systems that have failed us.” –Vulture, Most Anticipated Books of 2022.
Major celebrations are planned to be held by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Thursday, September 21 – a Big Tent Celebration; Friday, September 22 – a free public event. More details available in the Calendar events!
The Stowe Prize recognizes the author of a distinguished book of general adult fiction or nonfiction whose written work illuminates a critical social justice issue in the tradition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The winning book applies informed inquiry, is accessible and engaging to a wide audience, and promotes empathy and understanding. In creating this award, the Stowe Center recognizes the value of diversity to strengthen our communities.
Elizabeth Alexander, The Trayvon Generation
Ruha Benjamin, Viral Justice: How to Grow the World We Want
Andrea Elliot, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City
Farah Jasmine Griffin, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature
Imani Perry, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation