Gary Younge’s Another Day in the Death of America has been announced in The Orwell Prize for Books 2017 Longlist. Younge’s book takes its place amongst thirteen other longlisters in contention for Britain’s most prestigious political writing prize – with the winners reflecting George Orwell’s ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’.
Another Day in the Death of America has at its core a simple but shocking premise: on an average day in America seven young people, aged nineteen or under, will die from gunshot wounds. Gary Younge’s remarkable work of reportage tells the story of ten lives lost during a single, chosen-at-random twenty-four hour window. At a time when American positions on gun laws are a hot and contentious topic, A Day in the Death of America puts a human face to the politics of gun deaths across the country.
Gary Younge is based in Chicago and writes for The Guardian and The Nation. His coverage of the Obama campaign was awarded the James Cameron award for the combined moral vision and professional integrity. He is the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream (Haymarket), Who Are We -And Should it Matter in the 21st Century (Nation Books), Stranger in a Strange Land (New Press), and No Place Like Home (Mississippi).