Photo of the Day: Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson signs copies of the 2011 paperback edition of her New York Times best seller “The Warmth of Other Suns,” a sweeping historical epic that took her 15 years to research. The book won multiple awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction, the Hillman Book Prize, the Lynton History Prize from Harvard and Columbia, the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize, the Independent Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the Horace Mann Bond Book Award from Harvard.
The Publisher's Weekly review said, “The drama, poignancy, and romance of a classic immigrant saga pervade this book, hold the reader in its grasp, and resonate long after the reading is done.”
In 1994 when Wilkerson was the Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, she became the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. She has lectured on narrative writing at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and has served as Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University and as the James M. Cox Jr. Professor at Emory University. Now 50, she is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University.