Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University School of Law. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. He has received numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant.
Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai, at the age of eleven, wrote for the BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban under the pen name Gul Makai, which she also used to speak about her family's fight for girls' education in her community. In October 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education.
In 2011, Malala was the winner of Pakistan's National Youth Peace Prize and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. She is the youngest person ever nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was also one of four runners-up for Time magazine's Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards. Malala continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-led programs and supporting education advocates around the world.
Christina Lamb is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents, reporting on Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1987. She currently works for the Sunday Times and lives in London and Portugal with her husband and son.
Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry
Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry are reporters for the Seattle Times. Their investigative work on the 2000 Huskies won two of journalism's highest honors: The George Polk Award and the Michael Kelly Award, recognizing "the fearless pursuit and expression of truth."
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot’s debut book, took more than a decade to research and write, and instantly hit the New York Times best-seller list, where it has remained for more than three years since its publication. She has been featured on numerous television shows, including CBS Sunday Morning, The Colbert Report, Fox Business News, and others, and was named One of Five Surprising Leaders of 2010 by the Washington Post. The Immortal Life was chosen as a best book of 2010 by more than 60 media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, O the Oprah Magazine, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, People Magazine, New York Times, and U.S. News and World Report; it was named The Best Book of 2010 by Amazon.com and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. It has won numerous awards, including the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction, the National Academies of Science Best Book of the Year award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Best Young Adult Book award, the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and two Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and Best Debut Author of the year. It has received widespread critical acclaim, with reviews appearing in The New Yorker, Washington Post, Science, and many others.