Mark Athitakis


The New Midwest


Mark Athitakis is a journalist and critic whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. He has served on the board of the National Book Critics Circle and been a judge for the Kirkus Prize. His Belt Publishing book, The New Midwest, won the 2018 Books on the Banks prize for best adult nonfiction title. He lives in Arizona, where he is researching a book about Frank Lloyd Wright.

Recommended Titles
Phil Christman, How to Be Normal: Spirited, clear-headed essays on some of the trickiest bits of being an ally, spouse, friend, and person.

Elizabeth Catte, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia: A well-researched study about how and why America's most misunderstood region became that way.

Ryan Schnurr, In the Watershed: A great travelogue down the Maumee River, alert to all the social and environmental issues that flow through it.

Where to Find Me
I'm on Twitter at @mathitak

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