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Fall 2017 visiting fellow – James Verini

Fall 2017 Library visiting fellow James Verini

The Library is pleased to welcome our fall 2017 Library visiting fellow, journalist James Verini. He has written extensively on Iraq, where he lived for much of the last year, and on wars, insurgencies, terrorism and political violence around Africa, where he lived from 2012 to 2016. A staff writer at National Geographic Magazine, he also contributes regularly to The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker. His writing about Mosul and the fight against ISIS will become a book for WW Norton, tentatively titled They Will Have to Die Now. During his fellowship he will be working on the book and on articles about the rise of nationalism and extremism across Europe. 

Verini will also do a couple of programs at the Library during his fellowship. On Tuesday 10 October, he will talk more in-depth about his time reporting from Iraq, and in particular the battle for the city of Mosul. On Sunday 15 October at 14h30, Verini will lead a workshop on being an overseas freelance journalist, discussing the challenges and opportunities at play when one is an independent contractor rather than a staffer. Participation for the workshop is free for Library members and non-members can purchase a day pass to participate. Reserve your spot at

The Library Visiting Fellowship program was created in 2013 to deepen our French-American understanding by offering writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris while also being part of the life of the Library. The Fellowship is made possible through a donation from the The de Groot Foundation.