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National Book Festival

Eula Biss is an award-winning nonfiction author. She has been the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and a 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library. She is following up her award-winning title “Notes from No Man’s Land” with a new contemporary nonfiction book, “On Immunity: An Inoculation” (Graywolf). Inspired by the experiences and fears that accompany new motherhood, this fascinating text analyzes the myth and metaphor of medicine and immunization. Biss investigates what vaccines mean for children and larger society, exploring both historic and present implications, and also extending the conversation to meditate on ideas presented in Voltaire’s “Candide,” Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and other notable works. In addition to writing books and articles, Biss is also the founder and editor of Essay Press and a professor at Northwestern University.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Eula Biss