Total-immersion nonfiction writing is topic of talk by Vanity Fair journalist

Michael Shnayerson, contributing editor and writer at Vanity Fair, will deliver a talk on total-immersion nonfiction writing on Thursday, Nov. 7. The event will be held at 4 p.m. in Leitner House, 231 Park St. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Shnayerson is the author of over 75 Vanity Fair stories and several books. His most recent release, titled “Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art,” examines how several New York art dealers shaped the culture of contemporary art. His other books include a biography of Andrew Cuomo, a discussion of life in the Hamptons, and an investigation into mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia.

After graduating from Dartmouth in 1976, Shnayerson began his journalism career covering sports for The Santa Fe Reporter. He then worked as a staff writer at Time magazine before becoming the editor of Avenue Magazine. From there, he joined Vanity Fair in 1986 under then-editor-in-chief Tina Brown. Additionally, Shnayerson helped found Conde Nast Traveler.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Ben Taub, Lauren Sherman, and Eve Ensler.

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