I have been following Lauren Redniss‘s work for many years. When a friend suggested I get her second book, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, after it was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award, I snapped it up right away. Reading it was a revelation. The blend of illustrations, investigative journalism and historical non-fiction captivated me from the first page. This week we talk to Lauren about her new book Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future, a look at how weather shapes the world and our daily lives, as well as the challenges we face with global climate change. Our conversation crosses continents, cultures and more. I suggest you get all her books right away. They are also the most beautiful gifts.
Lauren Redniss is the author of Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future; Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award; and Century Girl: 100 years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She has been a Guggenheim fellow, a fellow the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers, and Artist-in-Residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.