Book Display Contest Jury

After public voting closes at 5:00 PM on March 26th, the most buzzworthy book displays will be reviewed by a jury of distinguished artists, creatives, and cultural leaders, who will select a winner and runner-up from each of the three library systems. The jury will then select a citywide grand prize winner from the three system-wide winners.


  • N. K. Jemisin is the first author in history to win three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, all for her Broken Earth trilogy. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice Awards. She has been a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops. READ MORE
  • Pat Kiernan has been morning anchor at NY1 News since 1997. He's become a part of the daily routine for New York City, guiding New Yorkers through their morning with a briefing on news, weather, traffic, sports and what's "In the Papers." READ MORE

  • Martha King oversees the Charles H. Revson Foundation’s grantmaking in Urban Affairs and Education. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the executive director of the New York City Board of Correction, the city’s jail watchdog, and also served as a policy advisor to the first deputy mayor of New York City. READ MORE

  • Dylan Thuras is the co-founder and creative director of He is the co-author of three New York Times bestsellers—Atlas ObscuraGastro Obscura, and The Explorer's Guide for The World's Most Adventurous Kid—as well as host of the number one travel podcast, The Atlas Obscura Podcast. READ MORE

  • Katie Yamasaki is a muralist and children’s book artist. She has traveled widely, painting over 80 murals with diverse communities around the world that explore local issues of identity and social justice. Her children’s book work focuses on similar themes of social justice and stories from underrepresented communities. READ MORE