The 2023 Porchlight Business Book Awards
The 40 books on this list spoke to us—and we believe speak to each other—in a way that furthers the conversations we need to have in the organizations we work in, the communities we live in, and the societies that shape us. With them as a guide, we can make decisions that better shape each, in turn.
About the Awards
We believe that books can help create more humane, diverse, modern, and effective businesses, stronger communities, and a better world. The Porchlight Business Book Awards exist to recognize the best books published every year, and all the people who helped bring them to life. While the books we choose don't always fit neatly in the business genre, they are the ones we believe are the most important and impactful for businesses.
Any book originally published in 2023 and available in the United States is eligible. Books must be submitted by the publisher, agent, or author of the book.
All books are judged on the quality of the writing, the originality and applicability of their ideas, and their ability to help us understand and navigate the world around us.
Books must be entered in one of the following eight categories:
- Leadership & Strategy
- Management & Workplace Culture
- Marketing & Communications/Sales & Influence
- Innovation & Creativity
- Personal Development & Human Behavior
- Current Events & Public Affairs
- Narrative & Biography
- Big Ideas & New Perspectives
Call for entries will close October 2nd.
2018 Business Book Awards
Our 2018 Winner
Flatiron Room, NYC
The 2018 Shortlist
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeomo Oluo (Seal Press)
by Kat Holmes (MIT Press)
by Lucie Greene (Counterpoint Press)
Jack Covert, Seth Godin, and Carol Grossmeyer
We believe in books.
Andrew Koenig, Kim Petty, and Dylan Schleicher
Crowd at the Flatiron
Wendy Wolf and Rebecca Schwartz
Our staff meeting new friends
Congratulating authors and publishers on their amazing work
Priya Parker & Dan Pink
A room packed with book lovers
Lucie Green & Andy Hunter
Meeting new & old friends
The awards begin!
Seth Godin receives the Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry
Our founder, Jack Covert
Seth Godin & Helene Godin
Celebrating the winners
Priya reads her husband Anand's acceptance speech via text from London.
Our Business Book of the Year
Top honors went to WINNERS TAKE ALL by Anand Giridharadas