Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner Comes To MBFI

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For 2014 Miami Book Fair International featured authors, Nicholas D. Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times columnist, and his wife Sheryl WuDunn, also a Pulitzer Prize-winner and a former business editor at the New York Times, it’s completely sane to believe that anybody is capable of changing the lives of those less fortunate, even if it means one action at a time.

This theme is what readers can walk away with from the couple’s latest book A Path Appears, which was released this past September.

Together, they have written similar books such as Half the Sky, which revolutionized the way society views international affairs, specifically issues that are affecting women. It also created an international movement of women helping other women by empowering them to see themselves as the the future of their communities through social reformations.

A Path Appears is essentially a manual for those of us who seek happiness through actions of love. In the 365 pages, the authors bring light to the many individuals that are tirelessly working to make a change around several issues that are not just limited to the developing countries, but also affect us domestically such as the story of Gary Slutkin, who is applying disease control methodology to solve inner-city violence in cities like Chicago.

In a recent interview with The Reporter, Kristof explained the reason behind his work and how he came to write about issues like poverty, infant mortality, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery that are the core of his reporting. He credits this to his humble beginnings in a small farm near Yamhill, Oregon.

“Coming from a rural area gave me a different perspective,” Kristof said.

His family knew firsthand how hard it can be to survive in war zones or areas of conflict. His father was a Polish-Armenian refugee whose life could have been very different if not for the brave act of a French diplomat who advocated for him to the Yugoslavian government during World War II.

All throughout his book, he recognizes the power of small actions. In fact, he encourages all of us to look at issues and tackle them by doing small, but meaningful actions.

“The modest things we do are the things that matter the most,” Kristof said.

At the end of the book, Kristof and WuDunn provide their readers with a comprehensive list of organizations who are working on several sides of the spectrum with one common goal—to better this world.

Kristof is well aware of the magnitude of our societal problems, but he also understands the power of our actions.

“[Our actions] may not solve the world’s problems, but they can have an impact” said Kristof, who is one of the authors offering a presentation as part of this year’s MBFI special events series, “An Evening With,” on Nov. 18.

To attend Kristof’s presentation, visit www.miamibookfair.com to purchase tickets.

Brayan Vazquez

Brayan Vazquez, 20, is computer science and computer network major at North Campus. Vazquez will serve as a forum writer and photographer for The Reporter during the 2014-2015 school year. He aspires to be a tech-based entrepreneur and revolutionize the way kids learn in this new technological era.

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