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Lauren Redniss

Lauren Redniss is an award-winning American artist and writer.[1]

Lauren Redniss
Nationality American
Alma mater Brown University,
School of Visual Arts
Notable awards PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award,
MacArthur Fellow


She is the author of three works of visual non-fiction. Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future (2015), won the 2016 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.[2][3] Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout (2010), was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award, the first work of visual non-fiction to be so recognized.[4]

Redniss is also the author of Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies (2006).[5] Her writing and drawing have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize.[6] She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.[7]

The Sunday Telegraph has called Redniss' work "some of the most inventive, rigorous and beguiling published anywhere in the world."[8] In its citation of Radioactive, the National Book Foundation wrote: “Redniss’ achievement is a celebration of the essential power of books to inform, charm, and transport. In marrying the graphic and visual arts with biography and cultural history, she has expanded the realm of non-fiction.”[9]

Redniss was the recipient of a "Genius Grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2016. She is a 2017 New America Foundation fellow.[10]


  1. ^ "About Lauren Redniss". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  2. ^ "2016 PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award | PEN America". 2016-09-22. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
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  4. ^ Cavna, Michael (1970-01-01). "'RADIOACTIVE' MAKES HISTORY: 'Curie' author shares shock over becoming National Book Award finalist". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  5. ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies by Lauren Redniss". 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  6. ^ "About Lauren Redniss". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Lauren Redniss - Assistant Professor of Illustration". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  8. ^ Gaby Wood (2016-01-23). "Is this the year's most political picture book?". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  9. ^ "About Lauren Redniss". Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Current Roster". Retrieved 2016-09-28.