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The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America.  The book, which was published in 1991 and has since sold over half-a-million copies, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Carl Sandburg Award and a Christopher Award. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century. In the fall of 1993, it was adapted for television as an ABC Movie-of-the-Week starring Oprah Winfrey.

 

About Kotlowitz’s second book,  The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death and America’s Dilemma,  The New York Times wrote: “Of all the many books written about race in America in the past couple of years, none has been quite like The Other Side of the River…It is the difference between the two towns, one white, one black, that anchors this story, give it its soul, and makes it important, essential even, for the rest of us to contemplate.” The book received The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction and the Great Lakes Booksellers Award for Non-Fiction. The paperback  wrote a new afterword for the paperback.

 

Kotlowitz’s most recent book, Never a City So Real (Crown), is a bit of a departure, a collection of contemporary stories from Chicago, his adopted hometown. Kotlowitz views Chicago as a kind of refuge for outsiders; it’s the people on the outside who are trying to clean up – or at least make sense of – the mess on the inside. Perspective doesn’t come easy if you’re standing in the center.

          

Between books, Kotlowitz has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and public radio’s This American Life. Over the past three years, he has produced three collections of personal narratives for Chicago Public Radio: Stories of Home, Love Stories and Stories of Money. Stories of Home was awarded a Peabody.  He has served as a correspondant and writer for a Frontline documentary, Let’s Get Married, as well as correspondant and writer for two pieces for PBS’s Media Matters.  His articles have also appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic and The New Republic. He is a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University where he teaches two courses every winter, and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame as the Welch Chair in American Studies where he teaches one course every fall.  He has also been a writer-in-residence at the University of Chicago. Kotlowitz regularly gives public lectures.

 

Kotlowitz grew up in New York City. His father, Robert, is the author of four novels and a memoir of World War II, Before Their Time. His mother, Billie, who died in 1994, ran the Thematic Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His brother, Dan, is a professor of Theatrical Lighting Design at Dartmouth. Kotlowitz  graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct..

His first journalism job – after a yearlong stint on an Oregon cattle ranch – was with a small alternative newsweekly in Lansing, Michigan. After a year there, he freelanced for five years, producing for The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and reporting for NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. From 1984 to 1993, he was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, writing on urban affairs and social policy.

 

His journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the George Polk Award. He is the recipient of three honorary degrees and the John LaFarge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice given by New York’s Catholic Interracial Council.

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Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago (Crown Journeys)

Never a City So Real: A Walk in Chicago (Crown Journeys)

The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma

The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma

There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America

There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in The Other America

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Alex Kotlowitz Biography

The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America.  The book, which was published in 1991 and has since sold over half-a-million copies, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Carl Sandburg Award and a Christopher Award. The New York Public Library selected There Are No Children Here as one of the 150 most important books of the century. In the fall of 1993, it was adapted for television as an ABC Movie-of-the-Week starring Oprah Winfrey.

 

About Kotlowitz’s second book,  The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death and America’s Dilemma,  The New York Times wrote: “Of all the many books written about race in America in the past couple of years, none has been quite like The Other Side of the River…It is the difference between the two towns, one white, one black, that anchors this story, give it its soul, and makes it important, essential even, for the rest of us to contemplate.” The book received The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction and the Great Lakes Booksellers Award for Non-Fiction. The paperback  wrote a new afterword for the paperback.

 

Kotlowitz’s most recent book, Never a City So Real (Crown), is a bit of a departure, a collection of contemporary stories from Chicago, his adopted hometown. Kotlowitz views Chicago as a kind of refuge for outsiders; it’s the people on the outside who are trying to clean up – or at least make sense of – the mess on the inside. Perspective doesn’t come easy if you’re standing in the center.

          

Between books, Kotlowitz has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and public radio’s This American Life. Over the past three years, he has produced three collections of personal narratives for Chicago Public Radio: Stories of Home, Love Stories and Stories of Money. Stories of Home was awarded a Peabody.  He has served as a correspondant and writer for a Frontline documentary, Let’s Get Married, as well as correspondant and writer for two pieces for PBS’s Media Matters.  His articles have also appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic and The New Republic. He is a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University where he teaches two courses every winter, and a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame as the Welch Chair in American Studies where he teaches one course every fall.  He has also been a writer-in-residence at the University of Chicago. Kotlowitz regularly gives public lectures.

 

Kotlowitz grew up in New York City. His father, Robert, is the author of four novels and a memoir of World War II, Before Their Time. His mother, Billie, who died in 1994, ran the Thematic Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His brother, Dan, is a professor of Theatrical Lighting Design at Dartmouth. Kotlowitz  graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Ct..

His first journalism job – after a yearlong stint on an Oregon cattle ranch – was with a small alternative newsweekly in Lansing, Michigan. After a year there, he freelanced for five years, producing for The MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour and reporting for NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. From 1984 to 1993, he was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal, writing on urban affairs and social policy.

 

His journalism honors include the George Foster Peabody Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the George Polk Award. He is the recipient of three honorary degrees and the John LaFarge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice given by New York’s Catholic Interracial Council.

Alex Kotlowitz Videos

  • Author Alex Kotlowitz on his new book "American Summer: Love ...
  • SDH 2017 – Keynote by Alex Kotlowitz: Growing up Poor - YouTube
    Alex Kotlowitz, Writer-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University, speaks to the myths and realities of those growing up poor ...
  • Keynote conversation with Alex Kotlowitz - YouTube
    Alex Kotlowitz, Author of There Are No Children Here February 11, 2017; Chicago, Illinois This panel was part of a two-day conference on ...

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  • How to book Alex Kotlowitz?

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  • How much does it cost to book Alex Kotlowitz?

    Booking fees for Alex Kotlowitz, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alex Kotlowitz, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alex Kotlowitz?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alex Kotlowitz for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alex Kotlowitz for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alex Kotlowitz or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alex Kotlowitz or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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  • Author Alex Kotlowitz on his new book "American Summer: Love ...
    SDH 2017 – Keynote by Alex Kotlowitz: Growing up Poor - YouTube
    Alex Kotlowitz, Writer-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University, speaks to the myths and realities of those growing up poor ...
  • Keynote conversation with Alex Kotlowitz - YouTube
    Alex Kotlowitz, Author of There Are No Children Here February 11, 2017; Chicago, Illinois This panel was part of a two-day conference on ...

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