Melissa Fay Greene is the author of six books of nonfiction: Praying for Sheetrock (1991), The Temple Bombing (1996), Last Man Out (2003), There is No Me Without You: One Woman’s Odyssey to Save her Country’s Children (2006), No Biking in the House Without A Helmet (2011), and The Underdogs (2016). The latest is an expansion of “Wonder Dog,” a 2012 New York Times Magazine feature story which became one of the most-searched-for and most-shared TIMES stories of the year.
Melissa’s work has been translated into 12 languages and has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015-2016), two National Book Award nominations, a National Book Critics Circle Award nomination, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the ACLU National Civil Liberties Award, an Anthony J. Lukacs Book Prize finalist citation, the Hadassah Myrtle Wreath Award, Elle Magazine Readers’ Prize, the Salon Book Prize, a Lyndhurst Foundation Fellowship, the Lillian Smith Book Award, the Georgia Author Award, another Georgia Author Award given by a different organization, an honorary doctorate of letters from Emory University in 2010, induction into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Georgia Governor’s Award in the Arts & Humanities in 2013. Her books are taught in high schools, colleges, universities, and graduate schools of journalism nationwide.
She has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Newsweek, LIFE, MS, CNN.com, and other periodicals, and has been a frequent public radio guest. Sheetrock was named one of the Top 100 Works of American Journalism of the 20th Century and appeared on Entertainment Weekly’s list of “The New Classics—The 100 Best Books of the Last 25 Years.”
A native of Macon, Georgia, and 1975 graduate of Oberlin College, Melissa is the Kirk Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Agnes Scott College. She and her husband, prominent criminal defense attorney Don Samuel, live in Atlanta and are the parents of nine and grandparents of one.
A FEW MEDIA PROFILES:
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Mom, Times Nine” 5/7/11
The Christian Science Monitor, reprinted by The Seattle Times: “Melissa Fay Greene’s ‘Biking’: It’s A Fun Ride,” 5/20/11
Publishers Weekly, Interview with Melissa Fay Greene, 3/21/2011
Powell’s Books Interviews: “The Book That Changed Melissa Fay Greene’s Life”
TV & VIDEO:
The Leonard Lopate Show: No Biking in the House, May 2011
Talk of the Nation: There Is No Me Without You
All Things Considered: Adopting a Baby from Africa, Famous or Not, 2006
NPR: “Adopting A Baby from Africa, Famous or Not,”2006
The National Infertility & Adoption Education Network: Adoptive Parenting: A Conversation with Melissa Fay Greene
The Tavis Smiley Show: Last Man Out, 2003
All Things Considered: The Temple Bombing,1996