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Williamstown Resident Wins Nonfiction Pulitzer


Williamstown resident Elizabeth Kolbert won a Pulitzer Prize Monday for her latest book. Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History won the Pulitzer for general nonfiction.Judges called the work "an exploration of nature that forces readers to consider the threat posed by human behavior to a world of astonishing diversity." Kolbert, a staff writer at the New Yorker and former New York Times Albany bureau chief, spoke with WAMC’s Joe Donahue about previous extinctions and what she sees as a developing one.

“They were not caused by a single species,” Kolbert said. “Now we, one species out of many, many million on the face of the earth is the agent for this extinction. So it’s a very, very unusual event.”

Kolbert was reporting in Bavaria when she found out about the Pulitzer.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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