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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: in Washington, District of Columbia


Illinois Connection

Wilkerson worked in Chicago for several years as the Chicago Bureau Chief for the New York Times Newspaper.

Biographical and Professional Information

Isabel Wilkerson is a Journalist, writer, and educator. In 1994, she became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism. Also, she was the first African American to win the prize for individual reporting.

She has taught at Princeton, Emory, and Boston Universities and has lectured at more than two hundred other colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe and Asia.

Wilkerson currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Warmth of Other Suns"""

-- *Circle Award for Nonfiction, National Book Critics

-- *10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s, Time's

-- *Best Nonfiction of All Time, New York Times

-- * Lynton History Prize

-- *Heartland Award

-- *Finalist, Dayton Literary Peace Prize

-- *ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, The New York Times, USA Today, O: The Oprah Magazine, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Salon, Newsday, The Daily Beast

-- *ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Economist, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Guardian, The Seattle Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Christian Science Monitor


-- """Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents"""

-- *Oprah's Book Club, 2020

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Starred Review, Library Journal

-- *Starred Review, Booklist