In this week’s episode we interview Nigel Hamilton and Hans Renders, authors The ABC of Modern Biography. This interview was recorded during BIO’s May 2019 annual conference in New York City.
Here are some highlights from the 2019 BIO Conference, held in New York City on May 17-19. You can see the morning plenary with David Remnick, Stacy Schiff, and Judith Thurman, and Nigel Hamilton introducing 2019 BIO Award winner James McGrath Morris, who gave the keynote speech.
Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee won the Plutarch Award for best biography of 2014, as selected by members of Biographers International Organization. The winning book was announced at the Sixth Annual BIO Conference in Washington, DC.
- The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandria by Helen Rappaport
- The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 by Nigel Hamilton
- Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by John Lahr
Named after the ancient Greek biographer, the prize is the genre’s equivalent of the Oscar, in that BIO members chose the winner by secret ballot from nominees selected by a committee of distinguished members of the craft. This year marked the third time BIO bestowed the award. Previous winners were Linda Leavell for Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore and Robert Caro for The Passage of Power.