The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012

The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012

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This anthology collects the ten winners of the 2012 Best American Newspaper Narrative Writing Contest at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, which is hosted by the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas. The contest honors exemplary narrative work and encourages narrative nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across the United States. First place winner: Eli Saslow, qLife of a Salesman, q published by the Washington Post, is about a Manassas, Va., swimming pool salesman experiencing the unraveling of his decades-long success story. Second place: Kelley Benham, qNever Let Go, q published by the Tampa Bay Times, is her personal account of the months following the birth of her premature daughter. Third place: Anne Hull, qBreaking Free, q published by the Washington Post, traces a teenage girl's climb out of poverty as she prepares for college. Runner-ups include: John Branch, qThe Day a Mountain Movedq (New York Times); Dan Barry, qDonnaa€™s Diner: In the Hard Fall of a Favorite Son, a Reminder of a Citya€™s Scarsq (New York Times); Rosalind Bentley, qThe Nationa€™s Poetq (Atlanta Journal-Constitution); Mark Johnson, qI Boyq (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel); Monica Rhor, qHomelessnessq (Houston Chronicle); Louis Hansen, qThe Girl Who Took Down the Gangq (Virginian-Pilot); and Martin Kuz, qSoldiers Recount 60-Second Attack That Left Them Reflecting on Life and Deathq (Stars and Stripes).He spent winters traveling the world, spreading the gospel of freeskiing, professing the beauty of finding improbable ways down precarious slopes with ... a pile of ski gear and a futon couch, perfect for watching the world go by, beer in hand.

Title:The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012
Author:George Getschow
Publisher:University of North Texas Press - 2014-05-15


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