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Tag Archives: Andrew Solomon

Advocacy Organization Pushes For “Mother’s Day Our Way”

Reacting to the blah, monochromatic nature of typical of Mother's Day cards, Strong Families, an Alturas, California policy group, launched a line of digital Mother's Day cards cued into the changing demographics of America's families. These cards represent the families that are "beyond the picket fence": transgender, lesbian, low-income, immigrant, and incarcerated mothers are all featured. Much like Andrew Solomon's exploration of family diversity in his 2012 book Far From The Tree, these cards contain a more imaginative and inclusive depiction of familial love. Eveline Shen, executive director of Strong Families, said that the inspiration for this line of cards came from families like her own. “I’m raising my own daughters with my same-sex partner. When they go to the store, they... Read More →

VIDEO: Watch Andrew Solomon’s TEDMED Talk On Illness Versus Identity

Under the slogan “ideas worth spreading,” the annual TED conferences began in 1990, and have showcased a clutch of Anisfield-Wolf winners. The latest is Andrew Solomon, the 2013 winner for nonfiction, who took the stage in April at TEDMED, an annual program of medical innovators and thought leaders under the TED banner. His talk, "How Does An Illness Become An Identity?" drew from his book Far From The Tree, in which Solomon examines how families adapt – or not -- to their children's unique identities. He begins by noting the seismic shift of societal attitudes toward homosexuality within a generation. Being gay was called "a pathetic, second-rate substitute for reality" by Time magazine in 1966. Today, marriage equality is endorsed by the president of the United States. In “Far... Read More →

Meet Andrew Solomon, 2013 Winner For Nonfiction

Culled from more than 40,000 pages of interview transcripts, Andrew Solomon's Far From The Tree takes an exhaustive look at families where  the child's identity is considered to be on the margins of society. Within the book, Solomon considers how parents navigate the world when a child is deaf, autistic, a dwarf, a criminal, a protégée, has Down Syndrome, and four other identities. Solomon highlights the struggle and beauty in each family's story, sharing how parents come to accept their children amid the differences that threaten to come between them. The book chronicles the immense love of family, the quest toward a more compassionate world, and the beauty of diversity in all forms. In deliberations for this year's awards, juror Steven Pinker wrote: “This is a monumental... Read More →

Meet Our 2013 Winners!

Laird HuntThe jury has spoken and five new authors will join the Anisfield-Wolf family. Our 2013 winners are:  Laird Hunt, Kind One, Fiction Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds, Fiction Eugene Gloria, My Favorite Warlord, Poetry Andrew Solomon, Far From the Tree, Nonfiction Wole Soyinka, Lifetime Achievement “The 2013 Anisfield-Wolf winners are exemplars who broaden our vision of race and diversity,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who chairs the jury. “This year, there is exceptional writing about the war in Iraq, slavery on a Kentucky pig farm, the Filipino experience in the U.S., and the complexity of families in which a child is radically different from parents.” Gates directs the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University, where... Read More →
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