From the Nominator
Stories of this depth take care and consideration. First you have to spot the trend, confirm it with research, find more ground-level evidence, and then weave it into a digestible narrative. Some of our other features have more exciting locales or higher tension, but this one stands out for its graceful execution.
From the Judges
Judges were pleasantly surprised to learn from reading the article, “Every Trick In the Book,” that the number of independent bookstores in this country is growing. They applauded writer April White for tackling this counterintuitive business trend while also telling a very human story beyond business. Judges agreed that this was great storytelling. “It made me want to drop everything I was doing and visit an independent bookstore,” exclaimed one judge.