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CONVICTION named one of the Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2017

December 19, 2017

Last week I found out that Conviction made the Boston Globe Best Books of 2017 list. I was, as you can imagine, thrilled. Here’s what reviewer Daneet Steffens said:

“Brooklyn reporter Rebekah Roberts is in her element when she learns of a decades-old murder of a family that may be a case of wrongful conviction, and her integrity-infused approach is a shining, engaging example of investigative journalism at its diligent, honest, empathetic best.”

INVISIBLE CITY now out in Hebrew

August 8, 2017

I’m super excited to announce that INVISIBLE CITY has been translated into Hebrew and is now available for sale!

Tabloids in the age of Trump – Julia Dahl on The Kicker podcast

August 4, 2017

I talked to The Kicker, the Columbia Journalism Review’s podcast, about my essay on what I learned about journalism at the New York Post.


What I learned about journalism at the New York Post

Columbia Journalism Review, July 31, 2017

…”The New York Post taught me to read people quickly and to be brave in pursuit of a story. Asking intimate questions of strangers and powerful people is always going to be frightening. But you can’t be a journalist if you can’t handle the fear. You can’t even pretend you’re trying to get to the truth if you’re too scared or lazy or careless to ask the important question, or fight over a misleading headline with your editor, or acknowledge that the article you spent all day running around for is so trivial that it might as well be “fake.”…

Full article: What I learned about journalism at the New York Post

Columbia Journalism Review, Essays, Journalism, Selected

Toni Collette and RadicalMedia partner to bring INVISIBLE CITY to the screen

Deadline, July 12, 2017

Toni Collette’s Vocab Films and RadicalMedia (What Happened, Miss Simone?) are partnering to bring Julia Dahl’s novel Invisible City into series form with Collette having already written the pilot script. The actress optioned the book which is a psychological murder mystery set in Brooklyn’s old world Hasidic community.

“I love Julia Dahl’s novel because it’s about fighting for personal freedom and living an authentic life. It couldn’t be a more relevant time to tell this story about acceptance and integration, or lack thereof. These complex female characters are honest, flawed and inspiring. We can always use more of those,” Collette said in a statement.

Full article at Deadline


New York Post’s Required Reading

May 3, 2017

CONVICTION makes the list!


To Expose Injustice – Los Angeles Review of Books

Los Angeles Review of Books, March 29, 2017

I talk to investigative journalist Hella Winston about working at the New York Post, the current popularity of media focused on wrongful convictions, and the process of writing a book based in two different decades.

Full article at Los Angeles Review of Books


PopSugar’s 26 Brilliant Books You Should Read This Spring

PopSugar, March 15, 2017

CONVICTION makes the list!

Full article at PopSugar


*Starred* reviews for CONVICTION from Booklist and Library Journal

March 7, 2017

Pretty excited to share glowing reviews from Booklist (“compelling”) and Library Journal (“a surefire winner”).

LitHub’s 5 Crime Must-Reads to Devour This March

February 27, 2017

Thrilled to be among some seriously badass writers on this list from LitHub. Lisa Levy writes of CONVICTION:

‘“I didn’t do it.” Four words scrawled on a piece of paper by a man serving a life sentence make their way into the hands of reporter Rebekah Roberts and a novel is born. Conviction is the third in Dahl’s series centered around young reporter Roberts but it’s a great leap forward in style, pacing, characterization, and plot. The point of view shifts, as does the time frame from when the murders were committed to the present. Dahl’s confidence in writing about the Hasidim and other Jewish sects in Brooklyn has gotten notably stronger: she describes their lives with authority and compassion, and her Jewish characters are also more complex. Conviction boasts a long list of complex and interesting characters of all walks of life, from the put upon Jewish sects in Crown Heights who feel oppressed by violence and shortchanged by the horrible conditions of their apartments to their African-American neighbors, who don’t understand the dress and the customs of their new neighbors. Dahl has written the novel about the Crown Heights conflict, and in these times when it takes so little to turn a neighborhood conflict into something bigger, it’s worth studying how she thinks it might have been averted.”