Neustadt International Prize Blog

   09/01/2017 - 09:37 PM

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   31/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Emily Grayson?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Emily Grayson, and I live in Evanston with my daughter and husband in a very cool six-unit building with some of my dearest friends.  I hold a variety of great jobs around Evanston and Chicago: I work professionally as an actor and singer, I?m a standardized patient at the Feinberg School of … Continue reading Emily Grayson’s Best Reads of 2016



   30/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Silvia Rodriguez?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Silvia Rodriguez, and I’m a Venezuelan globetrotter.  I arrived in Evanston around four years ago with my family, and since then have expanded with the birth of our second son, a true Evanstonian.  We too have become Evanstonians by adoption, as this town has welcomed us with open arms.  We love our … Continue reading Silvia Rodriguez’s Best Reads of 2016



   29/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Laurence Gonzales?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Laurence Gonzales.  I was born in St. Louis, grew up in Houston and San Antonio, and live today in Evanston.  I am the author of numerous books including Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why and it’s sequel, Surviving Survival: The Art and Science of Resilience.  This past year I was … Continue reading Laurence Gonzales’s Best Reads of 2016



   28/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Janine Macris?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Janine Macris, and I have lived in Evanston for a very long time.  I appreciate its love of trees and the arts and its community, and I have spent many hours at the Evanston Public Library, even before I could read.  I teach children, including my own, through my love of the … Continue reading Janine Macris’s Best Reads of 2016



   27/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Stacey Gibson?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Stacey Gibson.  I’m a parent, educator, and Evanston resident who enjoys a well-crafted story and the sun. 1)  John Crow’s Devil by Marlon James (2005) James peppers the pages with anvil heavy Jamaican patois, mystical practices of redemption, and sweeping battles where good and evil masquerade with and as the other. 2)  … Continue reading Stacey Gibson’s Best Reads of 2016



   26/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Kendra Robinson?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Kendra Robinson.  My family moved to Evanston five years ago from Chicago because our daughter attends Baker Demonstration School.  My husband and I work in the private aviation industry and spend much of our time working on our fixer-upper house. 1)  The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (2014) … Continue reading Kendra Robinson’s Best Reads of 2016



   23/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Peter Ferry?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Peter Ferry, and I live in Evanston.  I am the author of the novels Travel Writing and Old Heart which was named the Chicago Writers Association Novel of the Year for 2015.  I am a frequent contributor to the travel pages of the Chicago Tribune, and my stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fiction, … Continue reading Peter Ferry’s Best Reads of 2016



   22/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Virginia Quiñonez?s Best Reads of 2016

My name is Virginia Quiñonez, and my partner and I just moved to Evanston this fall.  Besides reading, I love hiking, music, and film festivals.  I work at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 1)  The Time in Between by Maria Dueñas (2012) This is one of my favorite books in recent years.  A classic … Continue reading Virginia Quiñonez’s Best Reads of 2016



   21/12/2016 - 03:00 PM

Brian Edwards? Best Reads of 2016

My name is Brian Edwards, and I?m the Crown Professor in Middle East Studies and a professor of English and comparative literature at Northwestern. I am also the founding director of the Program in Middle East and North African Studies (MENA), which partners with EPL in a monthly lecture series on the region. My wife … Continue reading Brian Edwards’ Best Reads of 2016