Ada Calhoun is the author of St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), a “revelatory” (Kirkus), “captivating” (Publishers Weekly), “delightful” (Wall Street Journal), “timely, provocative, and stylishly written” (Atlantic) “ecstatic roll call” (New York Times Book Review). The New Yorker published the first serial excerpt of the book online, and the New York Times ran the related op-ed about cities and change. A New York Times Editors’ Pick and Amazon Book of the Month, St. Marks Is Dead was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Boston Globe, Orlando Weekly, the New York Post, and the Village Voice, and won the gold medal for U.S. History in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. The Voice called St. Marks 2015’s “Best Nonfiction Book About New York,” and in a cover profile named its author “the most important new voice on Old New York.”
Calhoun has been a journalist and critic for the past 18 years. She has worked as 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 eight books for major publishers, including several bestsellers.
Her national news reporting has won multiple awards: a 2015 USC-Annenberg National Health Journalism Fellowship, a 2014 Kiplinger fellowship, a 2013 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award (for her New York Times Magazine reporting), and a 2014 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship; one of her Patterson stories won the 2015 Croly Award.
She has written essays for O, NewYorker.com (including three “Page-Turner” columns), Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and the New York Times—including two op-eds, two “Modern Loves” and four “Lives” columns. Her 2015 piece “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give” made the list of the New York Times’s most popular stories in 2015, and sparked her forthcoming essay collection about marriage (why it’s worthwhile, how it’s hard), due out from W.W. Norton in Spring 2017.
Born and raised on St. Marks Place, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
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