2019 Master of Ceremonies – Gilbert King
Gilbert King is the author of three books, most recently, Beneath a Ruthless Sun. His previous book,
Devil in the Grove, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2013. A New York Times
bestseller, the book was also named runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, and was a
finalist for both the Chautauqua Prize and the Edgar Award.
King has written about race, civil rights, and the death penalty for the New York Times, the Washington Post,
and The Atlantic, and he is a Senior Fellow with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization
covering the U.S. criminal justice system.
He is currently a fellow at The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars
and Writers, and he lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.