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David Finkel - Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Winner

On Saturday, August 16, from 1:00-4:00pm, the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center honors this year’s three recipients of the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media at a Media Colloquy: 

  • National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Andrew Solomon
  • Editor of The Atlantic magazine and New York Times bestselling author Scott Stossel
  • Investigative reporter on staff at The Washington Post and author, David Finkel

This week, we take a closer look at David Finkel

According to his author bio on the Macmillian Publishers website, David Finkel is “the author of The Good Soldiers, listed a best book of 2009 by the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Slate.com, and The Boston Globe and winner of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. He is a staff writer for The Washington Post, and is also the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2006 for a series of stories about U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen and the MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2012.” 

His most recent book, Thank You For Your Service, chronicles the “after war” effects on some of the soldiers he profiled in The Good Soldiers, once they return home from combat. The intimate portraits in this book continue to leave an indelible mark on its readers; the book has been named: 

  • One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2013 
  • One of The Washington Post’s Top 10 Books of the Year 
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
  • An NPR Best Book of 2013
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013 

You can find reviews, interviews, his appearance on the Colbert Report and other information related to David Finkel and Thank You For Your Service at: http://us.macmillan.com/thankyouforyourservice/DavidFinkel

The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center is delighted to honor David Finkel with the Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media. 

For more information on the Media Colloquy, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/event/media-colloquy. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so pre-registration is suggested.

Scott Stossel - Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Winner

Andrew Solomon - Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Winner

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