Rebecca Solnit

Literature, 2009

Rebecca Solnit is an activist, historian and writer who lives in San Francisco. Her twelfth book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, came out in 2009. The previous eleven include 2007's Storming the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art; River of Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award). A contributing editor to Harper's, she frequently writes for The Guardian.

Awards and Accomplishments


Rebecca Solnit's Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas was chosen at the 2014 One Book One New Orleans (OBONO) by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans, which chooses one book per year and encourages the entire city to read it to foster a greater sense of community


 Rebecca Solnit releases new book called The Faraway Nearby


Solnit delivers the keynote address at the Creative Time Summit in New York

2011: Solnit is the Eminent Writer in Residence in the University of Wyoming's MFA program in Creative Writing

2010: Solnit receives residency at University of Wyoming Laramie

2009: Solnit receives NEA Literature Fellowship