2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Awards Announced

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2011 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Awards Announced


Eliza Griswold, NF '07, and Isabel Wilkerson, a former New York Times reporter, are among the recipients of the 2011 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards for exceptional nonfiction. The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation announced the awards for books published last year.

Griswold won the $10,000 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam," published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. The judges called Griswold's focus on reporting from countries that are home to more than half the world's Christian and Muslims "a brilliantly original construct for examining one of the most important--perhaps the most important--conflicts in the world today." Griswold's travels throughout Asia and Africa over a period of seven years informed her conclusion that what's happening inside Christianity and Islam, not the conflicts between the two religions, is the driving force shaping the world's future.

Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is the recipient of the $10,000 Mark Lynton History Prize for "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration," published by Random House. The judges stated: "Wilkerson has created a brilliant and innovative paradox: the intimate epic.... In different decades and for different reasons [blacks] headed north and west, along with millions of fellow travelers.

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