Writing A Complex City: A Conversation with Alex Kotlowitz and Natalie Moore

To mark the paperback release of Alex Kotlowitz’s latest book An American Summer, we invite you to a conversation he’ll be having with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore, who is also the author of the book The South Side. We’re calling it “Writing a Complex City,” and since both Alex and Natalie are teachers of journalism as well as working journalists themselves, we’ve asked them to focus on their writing and reporting process as well as the very complex racial and urban issues they tackle in both these ground-breaking books.

Natalie Y. Moore is the South Side bureau reporter for WBEZ, the NPR-member station in Chicago. Before joining WBEZ, she covered Detroit City Council for Detroit News. She worked as an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Her work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. She was awarded the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library and Foundation in 2017. She lives in Chicago.


Alex Kotlowitz is the author of An American Summer and the national bestseller There Are No Children Here, which the New York Public Library selected as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. His second book, The Other Side of the River, was awarded the Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction. For his documentary film, The Interrupters, he received an Emmy and a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. Kotlowitz’s work, which has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and on public radio’s This American Life, has been honored with two Peabody awards, two duPont-Columbia University awards, and a George Polk Award. He is a writer in residence at Northwestern University. 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118332
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017

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An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385538800
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Published: Nan A. Talese - March 5th, 2019