Course: The Art of Narrative Nonfiction
Darcy Frey has been writing narrative nonfiction—in books and magazines—for more than ten years. His first book, The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams, about four inner-city teenagers hoping to win basketball scholarships to college, was published in 1994 by Houghton Mifflin. The Last Shot was based on a cover story for Harper's Magazine that won a National Magazine Award, the Livingston Award, and was collected in Best American Essays 1994. The Last Shot was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review.
In 1994, Frey became a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, where he has published stories on many topics, including the environment, technology, medicine, and music. His 1995 cover story for the magazine, "Does Anyone Here Think This Baby Can Live?" about the brief life of a premature baby, won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service from the Society of Professional Journalists. His 1996 cover story, "Something's Got to Give," about the lives of three New York City air traffic controllers, was made into the feature film “Pushing Tin,” by Twentieth Century Fox. His 2002 cover story, “George Divoky’s Planet,” about a scientist studying global warming from a remote field camp in the Alaskan Arctic, was anthologized in Best American Science Writing 2002. Frey’s second book, George Divoky’s Planet, will be published by Pantheon.