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.”
I’m super excited to announce that INVISIBLE CITY has been translated into Hebrew and is now available for sale!
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.
…”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
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
CONVICTION makes the list!
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
CONVICTION makes the list!
Full article at PopSugar
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.”