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Samanth Subramanian

The last man who might know all there is to be known

Prominent journalist and writer, Samanth Subramanian, is a senior writer for Quartz, covering the future of capitalism, and a contributing writer for the Guardian Long Read. He is also the author of three books: Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast,” “This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War,” and his latest, A Dominant Character: The Radical Science and Restless Politics of J. B. S. Haldane.”

His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York TimesWIREDGrantaHarper’s, the Guardian, the Wall Street JournalNewsweek1843-Intelligent LifeAeonMintTravel + Leisure, and Caravan. For years, he also co-hosted The Intersection, a  and culture podcast.

“A Dominant Character” was shortlisted for the Duff-Cooper and the Tata Literature Live! Non Fiction Book of the Year. It was named one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2020 and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Ten Best Books of 2020. “This Divided Island” won the 2015 Crossword Prize for Non Fiction and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Non Fiction Prize and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize the same year. “Following Fish” won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award in 2013.

He also conducts regular workshops on narrative journalism for the Guardian, and has taught writing and journalism at universities. He is a mentor in the South Asia Speaks literary mentorship program, advising young South Asian writers on their works-in-progress.



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