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Daniel Sherrell wins inaugural Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters writing award

Award will be presented at the NYS Poet and NYS Author Induction ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 24, at the University at Albany, a kickoff event for the 4th Annual Albany Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Daniel Sherrell photo by Giovana Schluter Nunes

Writer and climate movement organizer Daniel Sherrell has been awarded the inaugural Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Award on Business and Society Writing. The award will be presented to Sherrell by best-selling author and academic Jay Parini.


Both events are free and open to the public, no registration required. For more information about the university's COVID protocols, see below or visit

Sherrell graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. He later helped lead a campaign to pass landmark climate justice legislation in New York and is the recipient of a Fulbright grant in creative nonfiction.

His first book, Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of Our World, was published by Penguin Random House in August 2021.

“Sherrell brilliantly balances despair and hope in his searing debut... [with] nuanced reflections on how a caring and thoughtful person should respond to climate change. This indelible, necessary work makes a global issue deeply personal.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Warmth is available at the local, independent Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza:

The Bruce Piasecki and Andrea Masters Award on Business and Society Writing, which includes a $5,000 check from the Creative Force Foundation, Inc., was established to celebrate young writers who aim to ignite positive social change. It is presented by philanthropists Bruce Piasecki, a premier sponsor of the Albany Book Festival, and Andrea Masters in conjunction with the Yaddo artists' community in Saratoga Springs and the NYS Writers Institute.

Daniel Sherrell's TEDx talk in Adelaide

About the Albany Book Festival

The fourth annual event, on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the University at Albany, will be held in-person for the first time since 2019. Events will begin at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. More information at

The list of Albany Book Festival guests includes (subject to change):

  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black: Stories),

  • Ayad Akhtar (Homeland Elegies),

  • Robert Boyers (The Tyranny of Virtue: Identity, The Academy, and the Hunt for Political Heresies),

  • Elizabeth Brundage (The Vanishing Point),

  • Mary Gaitskill (This is Pleasure),

  • Garth Greenwell (Cleanness),

  • Farah Jasmine Griffin (Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature),

  • Janell Hobson (When God Lost Her Tongue: Historical Consciousness and the Black Feminist Imagination),

  • Quiara Alegría Hudes (My Broken Language: A Memoir, co-wrote the Tony Award-winning stage musical "In the Heights" with Lin-Manuel Miranda.),

  • Amitava Kumar (A Time Outside This Time),

  • Reif Larsen (Uma Wimple Charts her House),

  • Emily Layden (All Girls),

  • Ed Lin (David Tung Can’t Have a Girlfriend Until He Gets Into an Ivy League College),

  • George Makari (Of Fear and Strangers: A History of Xenophobia),

  • Bethany C. Morrow (So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix),

  • Peter Osnos (An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen),

  • Jay Parini (Borges and Me: An Encounter),

  • David Pietrusza (Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memoir. A Vanished World.),

  • Nathaniel Philbrick (Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy),

  • David Rohde (In Deep: The FBI, the CIA, and the Truth about America’s “Deep State”),

  • Ed Schwarzschild (In Security),

  • Dana Spiotta (Wayward),

  • Simon Winchester (LAND: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World).

The book festival will also include a Local Authors Marketplace, readings by young local writers published in Skribblers magazine; and readings from banned books to help kick off Banned Books Week beginning September 26 with the theme, “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” The festival’s children’s programming is organized by Skribblers and the Albany Public Library.

More information at


All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask or other face covering while inside any UAlbany owned, operated or leased building.

Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear face coverings in all outdoor settings. This revised mask requirement will remain in place until the University removes the requirement upon the recommendations of the CDC or other public health officials. Individuals should not attend our in-person events if they — or anyone in their household — are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.

Albany Book Festival Sponsors

The NYS Writers Institute is grateful for the following individuals and businesses whose donations help fund this year's Albany Book Festival.


Bruce Piasecki & The Creative Force Fund


Pernille Ægidius Dake / George and Kathleen McNamee / Renaissance Corporation of Albany

Charles Touhey and Alice Green / University Auxiliary Services


Times Union / Ellen Jabbur / Stuyvesant Plaza


A. Andrew Casano, MD & Bella Pipas / Bernard F. Conners Foundation / CDPHP / Fenimore Asset Management / FAM Funds / Doris Fischer Malesardi / The Foy Fund / Henry Greenberg / Paul and Mary Grondahl / Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C. / William and Dana Kennedy / William & Mary Jean Krackeler / Betsy Lopez / Mackin & Casey / Jeffrey Pollard / Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC

Roberta and Bob Redmond / Mary Scanlan / Herb and Cynthia Shultz / Jim and Teresa Stellar / Steve McKee Foundation / UAlbany William L. Reese Emeritus Center Three Voices Grant Program


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