In alternating years, one of the three judges for The Story Prize is either a bookseller or a librarian. For story collections published in 2021, we’re featuring two judges who have each established and operate libraries with innovative approaches—alongside a writer of a celebrated short story collection and novel.
Dev Aujla runs the Sorted Library, a small independent reading space in New York. He is the coauthor of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money & Community in a Changing World. His most recent book is called 50 Ways to Get a Job: An Unconventional Guide to Finding Work on Your Terms.
David Kipen is a former National Endowment for the Arts Director of Literature and San Francisco Chronicle book critic. He teaches writing at UCLA, contributes as Critic-at-Large for the L.A. Times, and is the founder of the 11-year-old Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights. He is also the author of Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542-2018 and is currently collecting material for the sequel, Dear California: The State in Diaries and Letters.