Mayborn's best

The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012 bookcoverGeorge Getschow, principal lecturer of journalism and writer-in-residence and director of UNT's Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, edited The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012 (UNT Press). The new book is a compilation of the conference's writing contest winners, 10 narrative nonfiction articles published by the nation's dailies in 2012. The contest, which awards $8,000 in cash prizes, is co-sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.

Subjects include a swimming pool salesman's dying career, a reporter's delivery of a premature daughter and a teenager's journey from poverty to college.

"This collection is like a searchlight in the dark, illuminating the great mysteries and conundrums of the human condition," Getschow says.

The book has earned high praise from both journalists and academies across the country. The Midwest Book Review recently spotlighted the book: "Minor masterpieces of journalism all, The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012 is a very highly recommended addition to community and academic library collections, and would make invaluable reading for both journalism students and working journalists alike."