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About the author via Oprah’s Book Club:
5 things to know about @isabelwilkerson, the celebrated author of “The Warmth of Other Suns” and our new selection, “Caste”.
• At just 33 years old, she became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism, as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times.
• She is a native of Washington, D.C., and a daughter of the Great Migration, the leaderless quest for freedom that she wrote about in “The Warmth of Other Suns”.
• Wilkerson devoted fifteen years to research for “The Warmth of Other Suns”, and interviewed more than 1,200 people
.• “The Warmth of Other Suns” won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. It was also included in more than 30 prominent “Best of the Year” lists.
• In 2015, she was awarded the esteemed National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama “for championing the stories of an unsung history.”