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2022 Distinguished Author:
Heather ann Thompson


Heather Ann Thompson is a historian at the University of Michigan and the author of Whose Detroit: Politics, Labor, and Race in a Modern American City, and Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 which won the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize in American History, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, received a rarely-given Honorable Mention for the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, and won five additional book prizes. Thompson has also received distinguished awards for her advocacy work on behalf of criminal justice reform, and she is also a public intellectual who writes about prisons and policing for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Newsweek, TIME, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Jacobin, The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, Dissent,, as well as for the top publications in her field. In 2021 Thompson received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write her next book: Bullet and Burn: The Move Bombing of 1985 and Law and Order America

Common Read:

NRHC will be hosting a Common Read of Heather Ann Thompson's 2016 book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its LegacyAll attendees of the conference are encouraged to read the book prior to her Author Talk on Thursday, April 7th. Dr. Thompson will speak about the subject of her book followed by a question-and-answer session.

Copies of Blood in the Water can be purchased on and Barnes and Noble.

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