Kirschner Lecturer Albert Woodfox named finalist for National Book Award

Albert Woodfox, who will deliver the Fall 2019 Robert H. Kirschner, MD, Human Rights Memorial Lecture next month, has been named a finalist for the National Book Award.

Woodfox is a former political prisoner and human rights advocate who served 43 years in solitary confinement for a crime he didn't commit. His sentence, served in a 6-by-9-foot cell at Louisiana’s Angola Prison, is the longest solitary confinement ever endured in the United States. His new memoir, Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope, has been named by the National Book Foundation as one of five finalists in nonfiction for the prestigious award. 

The winners of this year's National Book Awards will be announced on November 20th at a ceremony in New York City, but you can see Albert right here at the University of Chicago on November 7th.