New Stories We Tell is the third in a series of women-centric journalism text/anthologies created to celebrate the great women of American longform writing. New Stories features sixteen of the most talked-about contemporary magazine writers.
Each chapter includes a landmark true story, a bio, and an interview with the writer. We learn about lives, careers, writing philosophies, tricks of the trade, and backstories. Taken together, the assembled articles--republished from both legacy and new media--paint a picture of the shifting role of the genre known variously as longform, creative or literary nonfiction, and the New Journalism.
Writers include Rachel Aviv, Anne Babe, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Pamela Colloff, Sara Corbett, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Brooke Jarvis, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Sheelah Kolhatkar, Jaeah Lee, Lizzie Presser, Janet Reitman, Lisa Taddeo, Jia Tolentino, Amy Wallace, and Elizabeth Weil.
While journalists today, as always, are pledged to intellectual honesty and a true reporting of the facts, more than ever the genre is seen as an outlet for agency and a tool of social justice. Almost all of the women featured in New Stories We Tell aim their considerable journalistic talents at pressing issues of our day.
Maybe someday soon, books like this won't be necessary. Written by women or not, these stories are simply great work.
About the editors: Kaylen Ralph is a writer and editor; Joanna Demkiewicz is a marketing director for an independent press. Graduates of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, they were co-founders of the groundbreaking publication The Riveter, a longform magazine by women for everyone.
PRAISE FOR NEW STORIES WE TELL
"A well-selected anthology of potent stories by formidable women writers."--Kirkus Reviews
"I would have killed for this book when I was a young and obsessed reader. I'm now an old and obsessed reader and I can't wait to read (reread) the stories and especially the As Told Tos. I'm honored to be in such amazing company."--Sara Corbett, coauthor, Becoming by Michelle Obama
"New Stories We Tell is a collection of true stories written by American women journalists. It is a known fact that men dominate the world of nonfiction. This book is different because it brings together the excellent contributions of women journalists on varied topics. I appreciate how the editors celebrate the differences between the writing styles of authors from varied backgrounds. Every story begins with a short biographical account by the writer that helps you to understand the underlying passion and focus of her journalism. Some of the stories are still lingering in my mind after reading the entire book." 4 OUT OF 4 STARS.-- OnlineBookclub.org
Praise for TSG's Women in Journalism Series:
"The caliber of work makes The Stories We Tell a master class in long-form journalism."--Kirkus Reviews
"It only took fifty years for the women of long-form journalism to really get their due in an anthology, the newly published The Stories We Tell . . . a feast of great writing by twenty journalists at the top of their game."-- Harvard's Neiman Storyboard
"Newswomen is an excellent start to catch us up on where the women are and what they've been doing all these years, namely, writing award-winning literary journalism that can inspire our students."--Literary Journalism Studies