David Remnick

Cindy Seip

David Remnick has been the editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, and two collections of his magazine pieces. Reaching back across a century through writings on race in America, The Matter of Black Lives: Writing from The New Yorker (Ecco), co-edited with Jelani Cobb, includes Rebecca West’s classic account of a 1947 lynching trial and James Baldwin’s Letter from a Region in My Mind, weighty additions to a collection that brings together reporting, profiles, memoir, and criticism by writers such as Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hilton Als, Zadie Smith, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Elizabeth Alexander, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Malcolm Gladwell. Publishers Weekly called it “an essential volume for readers interested in the Black past and present, as all readers should be.”