Graduate wins Whiting Award for debut non-fiction book

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A Goldsmiths alumna has been announced as the winner of a $50,000 Whiting Award for non-fiction.

Linda Kinster portrait

Goldsmiths Alumna Linda Kinster, Photo by Willy Somma

Linda Kinster, who graduated with an MA in Forensic Architecture, collected the award that recognises and supports “exceptional new writers to make their mark”. Previous Whiting Prize awardees include Pulitzer Prize, National Book Club winners.  

The Whiting Award was set up by the Whiting Foundation in 1985 and represents the biggest cash prize for emerging writers in the United States. 

Linda's first non- fiction debut book Come to this court and cry: How the Holocaust Ends investigates her family story and  scours the archives based in ten nations to unravel  the holocaust of Latvian Jews. 

In making the award, the selection committee credited Linda’s writing for “nimbly reanimating the forgotten or concealed past. Linda Kinster’s reporting bristles with eagerness, moving like the spy thriller she tips her hat to.” 

Linda is a contributing writer for The Economist 1843 Magazine and Jewish Currents and is deputy editor of The Dial. She has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Wired. In 2015 she launched Politico Europe.  Linda was managing editor and covered the Ukraine war for The New Republic.