Andrea Elliott in conversation with Ayad Akhtar

On this episode of “Beyond the Page”, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist ANDREA ELLIOTT sits down with another Pulitzer winner, novelist and playwright AYAD AKHTAR, at the 2023 Writers’ Conference to talk about Elliott’s book, INVISIBLE CHILD:  POVERTY, SURVIVAL & HOPE IN AN AMERICAN CITY. The subject of the book is a Black girl in New York City named Dasani, whose story – told through the lens of almost a decade of Elliott’s deep reporting – brings to vivid and devastating life the realities of how poverty and race and the moral failings of our institutions impact the most marginal among us.  Elliott tells us about Dasani’s life and how it is both singular and emblematic, and she talks about her own passions for the deeply immersive journalism that is the hallmark of her professional life.