Ada Calhoun

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Ada Calhoun on St. Marks Place

Ada Calhoun on St. Marks Place

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), one of “the most compelling nonfiction titles set to arrive in bookstores between now and December.” In a starred review, Kirkus calls it “An illuminating stroll through the decades of one of the most culturally significant streets in America…engagingly personal…revelatory.” Publishers Weekly says it’s a “captivating, multidimensional history” that shows “how one street can be a microcosm of America’s political and cultural history.”

She has reported on crime and culture for The New York Times, The New Republic, Time, New, Billboard, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and The Los Angeles Times. She has also worked as a reporter on the New York Post’s city desk, an ASME-nominated editor-in-chief, a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and a ghostwriter of seven books for major publishers, including four New York Times bestsellers.

She has won several awards, including 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), a 2015 USC-Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony residency, a Kiplinger fellowship, and a 2014 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship (to produce stories like one on an opiate addiction paradox for NBCNews, for which she won the 2015 Croly Award).

She has also written personal essays for the New York Times, including four Lives columns. She is now working on an essay collection for W.W. Norton (tentatively scheduled for 2017) based on her viral 2015 Modern Love essay, “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give.”

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Literary Agent
Daniel Greenberg, Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency
307 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2407 New York, NY 10001

Book Publicity Contact
Alice Rha, Senior Publicist, W. W. Norton & Company
500 Fifth Avenue, 6th Floor New York, NY 10110

Screen Rights Agent
Dana Spector, Paradigm Talent Agency
360 North Crescent Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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