Algonquin Books Senior Editor Kathy Pories talks about the Bellwether Prize, the publication prize founded by Barbara Kingsolver to recognize literature that addresses issues of social justice. Algonquin published two Bellwether Prize winners–Hillary Jordan‘s Mudbound and Heidi Durrow‘s The Girl Who Fell from the Sky–to great success. Mudbound has over 170,000 copies in print and The Girl Who Fell from the Sky has 140,000 copies in print. Both titles, which received a tremendous amount of critical fanfare, are book club favorites and have been selected as city reads and college reads around the country. We’ll be publishing a third Bellwether Prize winner, Naomi Benaron’s Running the Rift, in January 2012. Running the Rift is one of only six titles selected for Book Expo America‘s prestigious BEA Buzz Panel, so it’s already off to an auspicious start!