In Donald Trump’s inaugural address he promised to save America from crime and disorder. ‘This American carnage stops right here, right now,’ he said. Four months into his presidency, editor-in-chief of Slate, Julia Turner, discusses Trump’s progress with data editor of The Guardian US Mona Chalabi, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, and George Saunders, whose New Yorker story Who Are All These Trump Supporters? pictured a country savagely divided along ideological lines, each with its own customised, ‘trusted’ information sources.
Colson Whitehead (International)
Colson Whitehead is an author and essayist. His most recent work, The Underground Railroad, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction. A #1 New York Times bestseller, it was on President Obama’s 2016 Summer Reading List and was the selection for Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club. He is also the author of five other novels and two works of non-fiction, including Zone One; Sag Harbor; The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway; and John Henry Days, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. His reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's and Granta. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers Award.
George Saunders (International)
George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University. Lincoln in the Bardo is his long-awaited first novel.
Mona Chalabi (International)
Mona Chalabi is a data journalist. She is the data editor of The Guardian US and a columnist at New York Magazine. In 2016, Mona’s data sketches were commended by the Royal Statistical Society. The drawings, which are designed to make numbers more relatable, can be viewed on her Instagram account. Before getting into journalism, Mona worked in the nonprofit sector, first at the Bank of England, then Transparency International and the International Organization for Migration. As well as co-producing a four-part documentary series about vaginas, Mona has written for TV shows on National Geographic, the BBC and VICE.
Julia Turner (International)
Julia Turner is editor-in-chief of Slate, the award-winning site known for its surprising and witty take on news, culture, politics, business and technology. Under Turner’s leadership, Slate has received three National Magazine Award nominations, a George Polk award, and other accolades. Turner is a co-host of Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast, which was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Turner also writes on culture, technology and design, and her coverage of Mad Men won an Online Journalism Award for commentary.