How You Get Famous: Ten Years of Drag Madness in Brooklyn
Simon & Schuster – June 2022
Nicole Pasulka, Literary Reportage 2014
A madcap adventure through a tight-knit world of drag performers making art and mayhem in the greatest city on earth.
Ten years ago, an aimless coat check girl better known today as Merrie Cherry sweet-talked her boss into giving her $100 to host a drag show at a Brooklyn dive bar. Soon, kids like Aja were kicking their way into the scene, sneaking into clubs, pocketing their tips to help mom pay the mortgage, and sharing the stage with electric performers like Thorgy Thor and Sasha Velour. Because suddenly, in the biggest, brightest city in America, drag was offering young, broke, creative queer people a chance at real money—and for thousands or even millions of people to learn their names.
Volunteers: Growing Up in the Forever War
Algonquin Books – November 2021
Jerad W. Alexander, Literary Reportage 2021
As a child, Jerad Alexander lay in bed listening to the fighter jets take off outside his window and was desperate to be airborne. As a teenager at an American base in Japan, he immersed himself in war games, war movies, and pulpy novels about Vietnam. Obsessed with all things military, he grew up playing with guns, joined the Civil Air Patrol for the uniform, and reveled in the closed and safe life “inside the castle,” within the embrace of the armed forces, the only world he knew or could imagine. Most of all, he dreamed of enlisting—like his mother, father, stepfather, and grandfather before him—and playing his part in the Great American War Story.
Underground: A Human History of the World Beneath Our Feet
Spiegel & Grau – January 2019
Will Hunt, Literary Reportage 2015
A panoramic investigation of the subterranean landscape, from sacred caves and derelict subway stations to nuclear bunkers and ancient underground cities—an exploration of the history, science, architecture, and mythology of the worlds beneath our feet.
House of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row
Crown Books – May 1, 2018
Lance Richardson, Literary Reportage 2015
The strange, illuminative true story of Tommy Nutter, the Savile Row tailor who changed the silhouette of men’s fashion—and his rock photographer brother, David, who captured it all on film.
The Art of Vanishing
Viking – February 6, 2018
Laura Smith, Literary Reportage 2015
A young woman chafing at the confines of marriage confronts the high cost of craving freedom and adventure.
The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love & Trouble in Mumbai
HarperCollins – February 6, 2018
Elizabeth Flock, Literary Reportage 2015
An intimate portrait of three marriages in twenty-first-century India.
Simon & Schuster, July 12, 2016
Robert Moor, Literary Reportage 2011
In 2009, Robert Moor (Literary Reportage, 2011) thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. It was the culmination of a dream he’d held since childhood and the beginning of a journey that would lead him to investigate trails of all kinds—from tiny insect trails and neural pathways to sprawling buffalo trails, highway systems, even the internet. The result of his travels, On Trails, explores what unites these networks and reveals in turn how trails allow us to make sense of our world.
Fjordman: Portrait of an Anti Islamist
Simen Saetre, Literary Reportage 2012
This is the story of how Peder Are Nøstvold Jensen went from being a subdued radicals son from Aalesund to prophet status blogger Fjordman, and become the favorite writer of the mass murderer behind the 22 July assassination. There is also a study of an anti-Islamic ideology.
The Faithful Scribe.
Other Press, 2013
Shahan Mufti’s family history, which he can trace back fourteen hundred years to the inner circle of the prophet Muhammad, offers an enlightened perspective on the mystifying history of Pakistan. Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots—real and imagined—of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.
Mufti uses the stories of his ancestors, many of whom served as judges and jurists in Muslim sharia courts of South Asia for many centuries, to reveal the deepest roots–real and imagined–of Islamic civilization in Pakistan.
The Faithful Scribe captures the larger story of the world’s first Islamic democracy, and explains how the state that once promised to bridge Islam and the West is now threatening to crumble under historical and political pressure, and why Pakistan’s destiny matters to us all.
Among Murderers. Life After Prison.
What is it like for a convicted murderer who has spent decades behind bars to suddenly find himself released into a world he barely recognizes? What is it like to start over from nothing? To answer these questions Sabine Heinlein followed the everyday lives and emotional struggles of Angel Ramos and his friends Bruce and Adam–three men convicted of some of society’s most heinous crimes–as they return to the free world.
Heinlein spent more than two years at the Castle, a prominent halfway house in West Harlem, shadowing her protagonists as they painstakingly learn how to master their freedom. Having lived most of their lives behind bars, the men struggle to cross the street, choose a dish at a restaurant, and withdraw money from an ATM. Her empathetic first-person narrative gives a visceral sense of the men’s inner lives and of the institutions they encounter on their odyssey to redemption. Heinlein follows the men as they navigate the subway, visit the barber shop, venture on stage, celebrate Halloween, and loop through the maze of New York’s reentry programs. She asks what constitutes successful rehabilitation and how one faces the guilt and shame of having taken someone’s life.
Imperative Entertainment and Vespucci
Jason Stavers, Literary Reportage 2021
25 after Laura Van Wyhe’s body was found by the side of the road, attorney Anne Champion is returning to Bonaparte, Iowa to find out what happened.
Ryan Sweikert, Literary Reportage 2018
Believable is a podcast from Narratively about how our stories define who we are. In each episode, we dive into a personal, eye-opening story where narratives conflict, and different perspectives about the truth collide.
Works in Progress by Lit Rep Alumni
Mathew Rodriguez, Literary Reportage 2015
GLAD Media Award-winning journalist and former senior editor at The Atlantic Mathew Rodriguez’s TOUGH GUY: MY FATHER’S LIFE WITH HIV, HEROIN, AND A COUNTRY THAT NEVER CARED, a hybrid memoir tracing a son’s search for his often absent and unknowable father, a heroin user whose death from AIDS-related complications re-contextualized his queer son’s own relationship to and fear of HIV, encouraging us to widen the lens of our cultural memory of those affected by the AIDS crisis, to Zachary Knoll at Abrams, in a pre-empt, by Natalie Edwards at Trellis Literary Management (world).
The Ego Trip, the story of a powerful psychedelic substance produced by a Sonoran Desert toad, and the charismatic, divisive man bringing it to the masses
Kimon de Greef, Literary Reportage 2021
Forthcoming from Doubleday
Fires In The Night: The Earth Liberation Front, The FBI, and a Secret Battle to Save The Planet
Matthew Wolfe, Literary Reportage 2013
Forthcoming from Viking
Carlos Alejos Has To Lose His Chichos, a graphic novel about a queer Puerto Rican teen of size as he grapples with body image, friendship, and his burgeoning sexuality in suburban New Jersey
Mathew Rodriguez, Literary Reportage 2016
Forthcoming from Stonesong
Conversations With Athena, a book about women who take justice into their own hands when institutions fail them
Elizabeth Flock, Literary Reportage 2015
Forthcoming from HarperCollins
The Most Serious Offender: The Guilt and Responsibility of the Redmond Five
Amanda Waldroupe, Literary Reportage 2012
Forthcoming from St. Martins
Me and My Ovary: Reproductive Rights, the FemTech Revolution, and the Future of Fertility
Natalie Lampert, Literary Reportage 2016
Forthcoming from Ballantine Books
A book of nonfiction about the building of a new Yankee Stadium and the shaping of New York City in the decade after 9/11.
Patrick Arden, Literary Reportage 2011
Forthcoming from Macmillan
True Nature: On the Path of Peter Matthiessen
Lance Richardson, Literary Reportage 2015
Forthcoming from Knopf, 2022