Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022
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Urban Division and Decay — Nicholas Dawidoff

Nicholas Dawidoff
The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City

Nicholas Dawidoff is the author of six books, including his new book, The Other Side of Prospect: A Story of Violence, Injustice, and the American City. His book, The Fly Swatter, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and another, In The Country of Country: A Journey to the Roots of American Music, was named one of the greatest all-time works of travel literature by Condé Nast Traveller. 

His first book, The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg was a national bestseller and appeared on many 1994 best book lists. His 2013 book Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, was a finalist for a PEN America literary award. He is also the editor of the Library of America’s Baseball: A Literary Anthology

A graduate of Harvard University, he has been a Guggenheim, a Civitella Ranieri, and a Berlin Prize fellow and is a contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and the American Scholar

Nicholas Dawidoff’s book, The Other Side of Prospect, interweaves social history, true crime, and biography in this sprawling report on the 2006 murder of a grandfather in New Haven, CT. is a sweeping account of how the injustices of racism and inequality reverberate through the generations, and a beautifully written portrait of American city life, told through a group of unforgettable people and their intertwined experiences.

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