A Celebration of Nonfiction Storytelling
Join Julie Snyder in conversation with Alex Kotlowitz. Snyder, in her time as senior producer at This American Life and as co-creator of Serialhas helped recast journalism into a mecca for storytelling. Join us for this backstage view of two of America's most popular and influential radio programs.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Event 7-8:30 pm
McCormick Foundation Center Auditorium
1870 Campus Drive 
Evanston, IL 60208
Free and open to the public, no reservations required
Presented by the Center for the Writing Arts
  snyder     kotlowitz    
Julie Snyder has been the guiding force behind two of the most successful ventures in audio broadcasting. She is the co-creator of the podcast Serial, which debuted in October 2014 and has been downloaded more than 100 million times, the most listened-to podcast in the history of the form.  Prior to Serial, she was the senior producer of the public radio show This American Life, heard by more than 4 million listeners a week.
Alex Kotlowitz is the award-winning author of three books, including There Are No Children Here, which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. A former staff writer atThe Wall Street Journal, his work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on public radio's This American Life. His documentary film, The Interrupters, premiered at Sundance in 2011, and aired as two-hour special on PBS's FRONTLINE. He has been awarded some of journalism's top honors in all three mediums, including an Emmy, the Film Independent Spirit Award, two Peabodys, two Columbia duPonts, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the George Polk Award. He teaches nonfiction writing at Northwestern. 
For more information contact Stacy Oliver, Assistant Director of the Center for the Writing Arts at

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