Last week brought the good news that Eliza Griswold's The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam has been named a finalist in the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award For Excellence In Journalism. The winner will be announced June 7th. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this previously unseen recording of Eliza at the Russian Samovar for our FSG Reading Series.
You may know Eliza Griswold from her journalism at The Atlantic, The New Yorker, or The New York Times Magazine. Perhaps you've heard the buzz around her first nonfiction work The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam. Griswold is also a noted poet; FSG published her collection Wideawake Field in 2007. There is an unsurprising overlap between her journalism and her verse: both reflect her itinerant nature and an engagement with other cultures. The three poems presented here are all previously unpublished.