Stephanie Griest, 2007 Award Winner

In 2008, Atria/Simon & Schuster published Griest's Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines, which chronicles her journey to her mother's native Mexico, where she investigates the murder of a prominent gay activist, sneaks into prison to meet with resistance fighters, rallies with rebels in Oaxaca, and interviews scores of migrant workers and the families they were forced to leave behind.

 

Earlier adventures inspired Griest's 2004 memoir Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House) and the guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales, 2007).

 

When she won the Margolis Award, Griest was working on a fourth work of nonfiction, tentatively titled The Book of Silence, which was to examine the many manifestations of silence --  from a religious "vows of silence" to censorship; from a reverent "moment of silence" to solitary confinement; from "silent treatment" to deafness.

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