News of Note

We are proud of our SVWC writers and want to share with you what they have been up to lately.

October 24, 2017:
Walter Isaacson and Leonardo daVinci

Listen to Isaacson’s recent podcast titled “What Can Leonardo da Vinci Teach Us About Tech?” for some modern-day advice.

Also, read about “The Science Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile” in Isaacson’s piece in The Atlantic Monthly.

September 6, 2017:
Ayad Akhtar and “Junk”

Read about how the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright is “taking on Wall Street’s Church of Big Money” in a recent Sunday issue of The New York Times.

June 29, 2017:
Colson Whitehead Receives Carnegie Medal

At the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Colson Whitehead was honored with the ALA’s Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for his novel THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD.


June 26, 2017:
BEHOLD THE DREAMERS Chosen for Oprah’s Book Club

Imbolo Mbue’s novel was just announced as Oprah’s next pick for her Book Club…check out the website for a video clip.


June 14, 2017:
David Grossman’s Book Wins Man Booker International Prize

Congratulations to David Grossman, whose recent book A HORSE WALKS INTO A BAR, has won the Man Booker International Prize. This NYT article has more info.

May 17, 2017:
Article by Helen Macdonald Featured in The New York Times Magazine

In her recent piece in the magazine’s Health Issue, “What Animals Taught Me About Being Human,” Helen Macdonald shares some of her thoughts about what she has learned. “The various lives of creatures have led me to feel there might not be only one right way to express care, to feel allegiance, a love for place, a way of moving through the world.”

April 13, 2017:
Imbolo Mbue’s Novel Wins 2017 Pen/Faulkner Award

Congratulations to Imbolo Mbue, whose debut novel, BEHOLD THE DREAMERS, has won this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.

April 10, 2017:
Colson Whitehead’s Novel Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize

In exciting news, Colson Whitehead’s newest novel, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, has won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Check out the recent story in USA Today for more details.

April 7, 2017:
Sally Bedell Smith on CBS “This Morning”

Learn more about Sally Bedell Smith’s new biography, PRINCE CHARLES: THE PASSIONS AND PARADOXES OF AN IMPROBABLE LIFE, during her appearance on CBS “This Morning“.

April 7, 2017:
Xander Maksik Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Congratulations to SVWC alum Xander Maksik, who was awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship.