Award-winning American journalist and author Russ Rymer (Paris Twilight) talks to Christine Kenneally about narrative nonfiction. Russ has reported for publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s and Vogue about pressing issues ranging from abortion and the police shootings of black Americans to the disappearance of languages. He discusses his body of work and the responsibilities and challenges of writers in the US and globally. 

Russ Rymer (International)

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Russ Rymer is an author, editor and journalist who has contributed to publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s and Vogue. His first book, Genie: a Scientific Tragedy, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won a Whiting Award. It was translated into six languages and transformed into a television documentary. He has been a lecturer at MIT and a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2012 he was awarded the Ed Cunningham Award for Best Magazine Reporting from abroad by the Overseas Press Club for his National Geographic report on the disappearance of languages.

Christine Kenneally (Australian)

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Christine Kenneally is an award-winning journalist and author who has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Slate, New Scientist, The Monthly and other publications. She is the author of The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures and The First Word: The Search for the Origins of Language. She is currently writing for BuzzFeed News.