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Rothfeld to join WaPo as nonfiction book critic

March 16, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

The following excerpt was sent out from The Washington Post’s books editor John Williams, features editor Ben Williams and deputy features editor Mitch Rubin:

Becca Rothfeld (Photo/The Washington Post)

We are thrilled to announce that Becca Rothfeld will be joining The Washington Post as our nonfiction book critic. A widely published critic and essayist, Becca’s work has appeared regularly in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Bookforum, the New York Review of Books and many other places. In 2022, she was a winner of the first annual Robert B. Silvers Prize for Literary Criticism.

Becca is a two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s Balakian Prize for excellence in reviewing (2016 and 2018), and her essay “Ladies in Waiting” was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2017 and was collected in “Best American Magazine Writing” that same year. She is a Ph.D. candidate (on hiatus) in philosophy at Harvard and earned her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth, where she studied philosophy and German. Her essay collection, tentatively titled “All Things Are Too Small,” is forthcoming.

Please join us in welcoming Becca to The Post. She starts on April 10.

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