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Isabel Wilkerson on the 15 Years It Took to Write The Warmth of Other Suns

It’s a pretty big accomplishment for a first-time author to land on the New York Times bestsellers list, but Isabel Wilkerson definitely deserves it. The Pulitzer-prize winning journalist spent 15 years researching and conducted over 1,200 interviews for The Warmth of Other Suns, an account of the men and women who lived through the Great Migration, when 6 million African-Americans moved to the North.

One of the biggest challenges the author says she faced was time. ” I tried to find the oldest members of this migration and capture a range of experiences,” she explained in the latest Mediabistro feature.

“One of the men I chose, the one from Florida, was keenly aware that he was speaking to unborn generations of people. He took it very seriously. At one point he said, ‘If you don’t hurry up and finish this book, I’m gonna be proofreading from heaven.’ And he was right. He didn’t live to see the book.”

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Chang-Rae Lee & Wilbert Rideau Win 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize

Chang-Rae Lee and Wilbert Rideau have won the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Lee won the $10,000 fiction prize for The Surrendered and Rideau won the $10,000 nonfiction prize for In the Place of Justice.

Isabel Wilkerson was the nonfiction runner-up for The Warmth of Other Suns while Maaza Mengiste was the fiction runner-up for Beneath the Lion’s Gaze. They will each receive $1,000. Ken McClane, Eric Bates, Ron Carlson, and April Smith served as judges.

Here’s more from the release: “The Foundation will also award Professor Nigel Young with a special Dayton Literary Peace Prize Award for Scholarship for his role as editor of The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford University Press).  The award, which carries a $1,000 prize, was created especially for the Encyclopedia as a tribute to its lasting contribution to the study of peace, and also to Young’s monumental achievement in marshalling the efforts of hundreds of scholars from around the world to create this unique and comprehensive work.”

Lukas Prize Project Award Winners Revealed

The Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard have announced the three winners for the 2011 Lukas Prize Project Awards for Exceptional Works of Nonfiction.

Eliza Griswold won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize along with $10,000 for her book, The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. Isabel Wilkerson won the Mark Lynton History Prize along with $10,000 for her publication, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. Alex Tizon won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award along with $30,000 for his forthcoming release, Big Little Man: The Asian Male at the Dawn of the Asian Century.

Here’s more about the awards: “ Established in 1998, the prizes recognize excellence in nonfiction that exemplify the literary grace and commitment to serious research and social concern that characterized the work of the awards’ Pulitzer Prize-winning namesake, J. Anthony Lukas, who died in 1997.”

National Book Critics Circle Award Winners Revealed

Tonight the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) unveiled the winners of their annual awards at a New York City ceremony. The complete list of winners follows below.

Half a Life by Darin Strauss (author of Chang and Eng and The Real McCoy) won the autobiography award. We interviewed Strauss about his work on Monday. Follow this link to listen.

Biography: How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
Poetry: One with Others: [a little book of her days] by C.D. Wright
Criticism: Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics: Russia, Poland, and the West by Clare Cavanagh
Nonfiction: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
Fiction: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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