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Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

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Elizabeth Kolbert Named 2019 Recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square

Elizabeth Kolbert, best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square. Awarded annually since 2013, the prize honors a storyteller whose work has significantly influenced the public dialogue.

Kolbert’s most recent book, “The Sixth Extinction,” a masterpiece of environmental writing, received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2015 and was selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 best books of the year. Kolbert is also the author of “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change,” and she edited “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009.”

“It’s a real honor to be receiving the Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square,” Kolbert said. “The characters I’ve been writing about in recent years are often the sort that can’t speak for themselves – birds, corals, rhinos, bats. I hope the tales of these creatures – most endangered, some already extinct – have helped people understand that human stories are not the only ones worth attending to.”

Kolbert will receive the Pell Center Prize during a ceremony, free and open to the public, March 4 at Salve Regina University’s O’Hare Academic Center. The next day, Kolbert will tape an episode of the Story in the Public Square weekly show for public television and SiriusXM Satellite Radio that will be broadcast in the spring.

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