Journalist Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (W.W. Norton & Co., November 2015), a “revelatory” (Kirkus), “captivating, multidimensional” (Publishers Weekly) narrative history written “with zest, fluidity, and insight” (Booklist). In 2015, the Village Voice named it named it the “Best Nonfiction Book About New York;” a subsequent cover profile named her “the most important new voice on Old New York.”
Calhoun has been a crime reporter for the New York Post, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, a theater critic for New York magazine, and a ghostwriter or co-author of seven books for major publishers, including four bestsellers.
She has written essays for O, NewYorker.com, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and the New York Times—including two op-eds, two “Modern Loves,” and four “Lives” columns.
Her national news reporting for magazines like The New Republic and Time has won multiple awards: a 2015 USC-Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship, a 2014 Kiplinger fellowship, the 2013 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues (for her New York Times Magazine reporting on chemical endangerment arrests in Alabama), and a 2014 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship. Her Patterson story for NBC News won the 2015 Croly Award.
She majored in Sanskrit at UT Austin. Her next book will be an essay collection for W.W. Norton based on her 2015 “Modern Love” column “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give.”
Born and raised on St. Marks Place, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
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